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Marks & Clerk named top UK patent filer

24 January 2018

Marks & Clerk has been named the UK’s top patent filer, having filed the highest number of Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications between January 2014 and December 2016 according to new data published by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).  Operating from offices across the UK, and with offices in France and Luxembourg, Marks & Clerk is also named one of Europe’s top three filers.
 
Globally an estimated 233,000 international patent applications were filed in 2016 – an increase of 7.3 per cent and “the fastest increase since 2011”, according to the WIPO’s Global PCT Leaders Report. Of these, 5,496 patent applications were filed in the United Kingdom in 2016, a 3.9 per cent increase from the previous year.
 
David Ward, UK Managing Partner at Marks & Clerk said: “The fact that Marks & Clerk is again the UK’s top filer of PCT applications is testament to the expertise of our team, across sectors as diverse as biotech, pharmaceuticals, transport and energy and the regard in which they are held throughout the world. It is great to be able to provide innovators in the UK, the EU and further afield, with the international intellectual property protection they need to continue growing and investing.”

For further details, please contact:
Liam Thompson
lthompson@marks-clerk.com

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