Trademarks dominate June intellectual property rights


Overall applications for Intellectual Property Registration related to industry saw a 17.1 per cent rise in June, year-on-year, according to the most recent data published by the Macao Economic Services (DSE).
Some 1,281 patents were applied for during the month, 95.3 per cent of which related to trademark applications, while the second largest group – extensions to invention patents – made up only 3.12 per cent of total monthly applications.
Trademark applications alone jumped 20.3 per cent year-on-year during the month, while those of industrial design or modelling plunged 32 per cent, year-on-year.
The second quarter of the year saw 3,397 patent applications, according to the data, with those of trademarks up 13.1 per cent, compared to the previous quarter, to 3,219. Utility patents went up 100 per cent quarter-to-quarter, while those of design and modelling increased 42 per cent. Patents for inventions in the second quarter fell 77.5 per cent quarter-to-quarter.
The first half year saw applications for brands reach 6,064; inventions – 49; extensions on invention patents – 192; utility – 9; design and modelling – 87; and name and insignias of establishments – 5.
The oversight of this area falls locally to the Intellectual Property Rights Department, under Macao Customs Service.