Northeast Asia Dominates Growth in International Patent FilingsFebruary 9, 2011 0 Comments
While U.S. patent filings remained mostly level from the previous year at 44,855, Japan, China and South Korea saw a dramatic increase, continuing their trends from recent years. China in particular can boast a 56.2% meteoric increase from the previous year to 12,337. 2nd Place Japan reported a 7.9% increase.
The new stats published by the World Intellectual Property Organization underscore Asia's overall rise in economic and technologic power. Other upcoming economic players didn't fare as well. India remained mostly level at 1,109 filings, up ~%15 from 2009 but fairly level with their 2008 performance. Brazil declined ~11% to 442
The total digital communications-related patents dominated growth with a 17.3% increase probably reflecting a bit of the results from Moore's Law and the high speed of electronics advancement in general. A 17% rate equates to a doubling every ~5 years or so.