Industrial property rights applications drop 7 pct last month

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A total of 1,051 applications were filed for industrial property registration to the Macao Economic Services (DSE) last month, which is down by 7 per cent compared to the same period of last year, due to the decrease in the applications for trademark registration.
According to the latest data released by the DSE, it had received 970 applications for trademark registration in the city in December 2015, a decrease by 11.4 per cent year-on-year from 1,095 applications.
However, applications for registering industrial design or model reached 37, which is a sharp increase compared to only eight applications for such kind of registration in December 2014. In addition, application for extending invention patent also grew year-on-year to 39 from 18 one year ago.
Meanwhile, the other five applications in the month were for applying invention patent and utility patent at the local authorities, which notably declined from last year’s 14 applications.
For the whole year of 2015, the economic bureau received a total of 13,887 applications for industrial property rights in the Special Administrative Region. Compared to 12,878 applications filed in 2014, the number represents an increase of 7.84 per cent.
Most of the industrial property applications, 13,140 of the total, were filed for registering trademarks, which jumped by nearly 7 per cent year-on-year from 12,287 applications. Furthermore, applications for registering extension of invention patent, industrial design or model as well as name and emblem of establishments increased to 382, 250 and 30 from 310, 132 and 15 year-on-year, respectively.
Nevertheless, the number of applications for invention patent and utility patent registrations declined to 65 and 20 from 106 and 28 one year ago, respectively.