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New Delhi: The number of patents filed worldwide has seen an unprecedented surge, Francis Gurry, director general, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) said on Wednesday.

“The centrality of IP (intellectual property) to the economy has led to increased demand for IP titles and much greater focus on IP in economic strategy. This can be seen in IP statistics, which show that, in 2012, 2.35 million patent applications, 6.58 million trademark class applications and 1.22 million design applications were filed worldwide," Gurry said, according to a statement released by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He was speaking at an event organised by Ficci in association WIPO and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

While Gurry spoke of the increase in global demand for IP titles, Amitabh Kant, secretary, DIPP said that patent filings from India were very low.

“I am, however, extremely concerned about the fact that domestic filings of patent applications have remained static in India," Kant said, speaking at the same event.

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