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Clothing Comprised 13.6% of All Global Trademark Applications in 2014

The apparel industry accounted for the third-largest share of global trademark filing activity in 2014, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) revealed this week.

Overall trademark applications have nearly doubled since 2000, according to WIPO’s latest “World Intellectual Property Indicators” report, while the total number of classes specified in applications increased by 6 percent last year to reach 7.45 million.

This growth was driven largely by China, followed by the U.S. and the E.U.’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), and the clothing sector comprised 13.6% of all trademarks filed globally.

But while China took the lead in terms of overall trademarks filed, on the apparel side of things it posted a subpar 1.68% increase to 219,981. In the U.S., meanwhile, clothing trademark applications numbered 35,203. In fact, business, leisure and education and R&D were the top three industry sectors stateside in 2014, while clothing was number two in India and the Republic of Korea.

The biggest jump in apparel trademarks filed last year, however, was recorded by Mexico (up 9.7% to 6,958 filings), followed by Spain (6.3% growth to 4,107), while Vietnam was up 4.1% to 2,746.

“Demand for IP rights continued to grow around the globe in 2014,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “This underscores the central role that new technology and brand recognition play in determining success in today’s marketplace. It also highlights the important task that falls to IP offices in maintaining quality when examining IP applications.”