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India: IPO releases its 2016/17 annual report

The Indian Patent Office (IPO) has recently published its annual report for the fiscal year 2016/17. It contains statistics on all major IP rights. The number of granted patents increased by 55.3% from 6 326 in 2015/16 to 9 847 in 2016/17. On the other hand, the number of patent applications decreased slightly from 46 904 in 2015/16 to 45 444 in 2016/17. The most popular IP right in India in terms of filings per year is trade marks. In 2016/17, the IPO received 278 170 trade mark applications, again a slight decrease – from 283 060 in 2015/16. The annual report is available on the IPO’s website (pdf).

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