State of the Trademark - Volume 1


STATE OF THE TRADEMARK

At Onomatics, our business is built on trademark data. Lots and lots of it; right now about two terabytes, and growing. Providing a more intelligent way to access individual marks and potential marks is our core business, but we also like to get creative with data and try to see, what else we can do with it.  And so here's the first instalment of our 'State of the Trademark' series, in which we take a quantitative look into the trademark databases in their entirety rather than just the neighborhood of any individual mark. If you have any ideas on what kind of analysis you would like us to do, please feel free to drop us a line.

To mark 2013, we are starting off with some quick key statistics with more of an emphasis on raw data than presentation, but we'll get to the more advanced stuff later.


A FEW QUICK OBSERVATIONS:

A few quick observations:

  • US registrations grew by 4.3% in 2012, reflecting an earlier growth in applications, whereas the number of incoming US applications in 2012 shows signs of stagnation.
  • CTM registrations show the opposite trend: new registrations stayed the same but applications grew by 3.4%.
  • There is a massive difference in the registration success rate for applications between OHIM and USPTO.
  • There is a good downward trend in processing times for both offices, which also explains why there have been a few years with more registrations than applications at OHIM.

USPTO applications and registrations 2003-2012

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Year Applications Registrations
2003 225185 132021
2004 251373 114573
2005 266790 122697
2006 280745 154310
2007 306561 171936
2008 294272 195724
2009 269237 178527
2010 284048 166859
2011 307282 182586
2012 307620 190426

 

OHIM applications and registrations 2003-2012

Year Applications Registrations
2003 56252 36760
2004 56980 36835
2005 56515 63022
2006 64026 58685
2007 72197 60044
2008 71018 72179
2009 71830 78795
2010 82189 90555
2011 89338 80968
2012 92351 81048

Average processing time in days, by year of registration

Year USPTO OHIM
2003 717 498
2004 705 542
2005 725 519
2006 661 457
2007 608 431
2008 548 388
2009 520 356
2010 508 302
2011 476 244
2012 464 232


TO BE CONTINUED...

While the information presented is based on official sources, these statistics are by no means official and should not be used as such. Differences between these and official statistics are possible, owing due to differences in interpretation. (For example, USPTO's annual statistics are calculated based on their Oct 1 to Sept 30 fiscal year rather than the calendar year.)

(Also, the design of this post is still a work in progress, but we thought the numbers would be interesting enough by themselves right now.)



 

by Anna Ronkainen.