Intellectual property practice Marks & Clerk has been named the UK’s top patent filer, according to new data published by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
The data showed that the firm has filed the highest number of Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications between January 2014 and December 2016
Operating from offices across the UK, including Birmingham, and with offices in France and Luxembourg, Marks & Clerk is also named one of Europe’s top three filers.
Marks & Clerk’s first-place ranking highlights the increasing role of innovation in driving the UK economy, with innovators in the West Midlands filing nearly 400 European Patent applications since October 2016.
The most popular patent application categories in the region include transport, electricity, engineering and building.
Globally an estimated 233,000 international patent applications were filed in 2016 – an increase of 7.3% 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% increase from the previous year.
Marks & Clerk is one of the world’s leading intellectual property practices with offices in Canada, Europe and Asia, and is consistently ranked one of the UK and Europe’s top filers of both patent and trademark applications.
Stephen Blake, managing partner of Marks & Clerk’s Birmingham office said: “The fact that Marks & Clerk is again recognised as the UK’s top filer of PCT applications is a testament to the expertise of our team, but also to the dynamism of the economy of the West Midlands and the wider UK.
“With leading engineering firms such as Horiba Mira putting the region at the forefront of the automotive sector and initiatives such as the HS2 College and the forthcoming battery development facility in Warwickshire delivering the next generation of transport infrastructure, the West Midlands remains central to innovation in the UK.
“It is great to be part of this innovation, providing the businesses in our region with the international intellectual property protection they need to continue growing and investing.”