International Patent Filings Dipped 4.5% In 2009: WIPO

Law360, New York (February 8, 2010, 5:46 PM EST) -- The number of international patent filings fell 4.5 percent in 2009, when sharp drops in the United States and other industrialized nations outpaced gains in a number of East Asian countries, the World Intellectual Property Organization said Monday.

Provisional data show that 155,900 international patent applications were filed under WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty in 2009, down from about 164,000 applications filed in 2008, the agency reported.

The drop follows at least four years of gains in the number of international patent filings, and is more in...
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