Report: Global trademark filings fell in 2009

03/22/2010 | National Law Journal (free registration), The

International trademark filings fell 16% last year, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization, while filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office slumped 12%. Experts blame the decline on the global economic crisis, saying that companies were bringing fewer brands to market and focusing on wringing extra profits out of their existing intellectual property. "Companies are choosing to invest only in their most valuable marks," said one IP lawyer.

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