Trends in the PCT Applications in 2009

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Kunio TAKAGI 
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February 23, 2010 10:17 AM

The World Intellectual Organization (WIPO) published the rankings related to international patent filings of 2009. The global economic downturn has decreased the number of applications all over the world. The total number of applications in Japan has decreased but the PCT applications in Japan increased by 3.6 % from 2008.

The number of PCT applications is increasing in Japanese companies: Panasonic Corporation ranked at the top in the number of applications in 2009 by filing 1891 PCT applications (162 more applications than in 2008). NEC Corporation filed 1069 PCT applications (244 more applications than in 2008). Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha filed 997 PCT applications (183 more applications than in 2008). Canon Kabushiki Kaisha filed 401 PCT applications (121 more applications than in 2008). Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, LTD filed 373 PCT applications (158 more applications than in 2008). These Japanese companies appear to have strategically switched from filing foreign applications under the Paris Convention to filing PCT applications.

It appears that the nationalizations by Japanese companies via PCT route are likely to increase from now on, more than those via the Paris convention.

For details, please refer to the web page below:
International Patent Filings Dip in 2009 amid Global Economic Downturn
http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2010/article_0003.html