The first half of 2015 saw a huge increase in the number of filings – more than 10%. This year’s increase is large but not as large, approximately 6%.

  • First half of 2016: 194,429 applications filed (data retrieved via TESS search on USPTO.gov on July 7, 2016)
  • First half of 2015: 183,205 new applications filed (data retrieved via TESS search on USPTO.gov on July 7, 2015)
  • First half of 2014: 165,934 new applications filed (data retrieved via TESS search on USPTO.gov on July 8, 2014)

Don’t believe the media, the trademark filings show that (a) the economy is growing and businesses are expanding, and (b) businesses continue to value the investment in protecting their trademarks.


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