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Japan topples US in number of patents issued


Posted by: Parker & Parker Co. LLP
Practice Area: Patent    Country: All    Publish Date: 18-Sep-2009

Japan granted the maximum number of patents in 2007 and has replaced the United States from number one position, a status it was enjoying for nearly a decade, a UN agency report says.


"The USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office), which has issued the highest number of patents since 1998, was overtaken in 2007 by the patent office of Japan," the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) said in a statement today.


Geneva-based WIPO is a specialised agency of the United Nations for developing a balanced and accessible international system in the field of intellectual property rights.


Further, the patent office of China has replaced the EPO (European Patent Office) as the fourth largest office in terms of issuing grants, WIPO said in its report titled the "World Intellectual Property Indicators 2009




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