Most applications seeking international trademark
protection were targeted at China and Russia last year,
the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a
United Nations agency, said.
Trademark protection was requested most often for China,
which was also the most-designated country under WIPO's
so-called Madrid System in 2005, followed by Russia, Switzerland,
the United States and Japan.
agency said businesses filed a record 36,471 applications
in 2006 to safeguard their trademarked goods in key export
markets, up 9 per cent from the year before.
goods majors Nestle, Unilever and Henkel, electronics
groups Siemens and Philips, as well as pharmaceutical
firms Novartis and Janssen, a unit of Johnson & Johnson
were the leading groups to file patent protection petitions,
the agency said..
discount supermarket chain Lidl emerged the largest single
applicant for international trademark protection while
its competitor Aldi was among the top 10.
companies like China Network Communications and Shanghai
Tyre and Rubber were the top international trademark filers
from developing countries last year, the agency said.
phone operator Maroc Telecom and Singapore's Asia Pacific
Breweries, which makes Tiger Beer were the other emerging
economy companies to file trademark petitions with the
can file one application to have a trademark protected
in up to 79 countries, under WIPO's Madrid System.