Do you have a good idea in mind that could change the world (and possibly makes you rich)!? Sure - patent it. But how many people think like this? According to the World Intellectual Property Organization there were nearly 2.7 Million patent applications in 2014!
Compared to 2013 there was a growth of 4,5% (2013: 2,564,800 -> 2014: 2,680,900). And guess who's the leading nation in applying for patents? China! 928,177 patent application of the 2.7 Million patents come from China. That over 34%!
To give you a good overview, check the infographic:
Computer technology (7.8% of total) saw most applications worldwide, followed by electrical machinery (7.4%), measurement (4.8%) and digital communication (4.6%). Digital communication and computer technology have been the two fastest growing technological fields over the past 20 years.Trademark application up - Industrial design application down
For the first time in more than 20 years, the total number of designs contained in all industrial design applications filed worldwide in 2014 dropped by 8 ...Zum vollständigen Artikel