GERMANY REIGNS SUPREME AS 2006 TRADEMARK FILINGS BREAK RECORD

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reports it received under the Madrid system for the international registration of trademarks a record 36,471 international trademark applications for 2006, a 9% increase over 2005. The Germans led all applicants for the 14th consecutive year, followed by France and the U.S. China was the most designated country in international trademark applications reflecting increasing levels of trading activity by foreign companies in China. To help explain the Madrid system, these questions will be answered: Could You Explain the Madrid Protocol?; What Countries Ranked as the Top Copyright Registers?; How Did the EU Countries do, Overall in the Copyright Sweepstakes?; What Companies Were the Top Global Applicants for the Madrid Protocol?; Which Countries Received the Most Copyright Notices?; How effective has the Madrid System Been, Overall?

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Could You Explain the Madrid Protocol?
What Countries Ranked as the Top Copyright Registers?
How Did the EU Countries do, Overall in the Copyright Sweepstakes?
What Companies Were the Top Global Applicants for the Madrid Protocol?
Which Countries Received the Most Copyright Notices?

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