Patent + trade mark filings fall in the big economies due to GFC but Australia not impacted

The GFC”s impact on  patent and trade mark filings is revealed in WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators 2010 (http://bit.ly/8Z94r5).
R&D expenditures decreased with the fall in the GDPs of France, Germany, United Kingdom and the US.  These falls are correlated with a marked decrease in patent and trade mark filings in these high income economies.
Source: WIPO, World Intellectual Property Indicators 2010 Figure 3 (http://bit.ly/8Z94r5).
This fall does not appear to be reflected in the Australian National Phase entries or International Search Requests for PCT as shown in IP Australia’s statistics to August 2010. (http://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/pdfs/statistics/Patent%20Demand%20Statistics.pdf)
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