Trademark and Copyright Statistics in India: Recap 2018

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In this post, we bring to you a recap of the Trademark and Copyright statistics from 2018 and a comparison of these numbers with the statistics of 2017.

COPYRIGHT YEAR IN REVIEW 2018

Copyright Applications Filed in 2018

 

Work

 

No. of Applications in 2018

Literary/Dramatic

9,652

Artistic

4,698

Music

323

Cinematograph

306

Sound Recording

710

Computer Software

2,143

Total

17,832

Copyright Applications Filed Monthly in 2018                          

Month

Literary/Dramatic

Artistic Music

Cinematograph

Sound Recording Computer Software

January

949 387 39 28 45

152

February 756 339 35 11 70

101

March

898 346 31 51 42

153

April

840 404 17 14 35

587

May

778

390 31 27 142

157

June

710 410 26 21 87

215

July

837 305 28 43 60

124

August

737 433 30 42 37

121

September

770 410 23 42 52

90

October

688 437 23 4 37

145

November

864 406 20 14 67

153

December

825 431 20 9 36

145

Total

9,652 4,698 323 306 710

2,143

Total Registered Applications Between 2017 & 2018

Year (2017)

Year (2018) Change

Percentage Change

16,603

16,717 114

Increase of 0.7%

Total Filed Applications Between 2017 & 2018

Year (2017)

August – December

Year (2018)

August – December

7951

7141

 *Data Provided for 2017 is August 2017 onwards as information before then is not available. 

Judicial Precedents Dealing with Copyright Law during the Year 2018

Court/Tribunal

No. of Orders

Supreme Court of India

6

High Courts

125

Tribunals

2

Total

133

More than 50% of the copyrights filing in 2018 were for Literary and Dramatic works.  It is more than all the other types of works combined.  The second most popular type of work filed were artistic works, followed by computer software.  Music works have averaged 30 filings a month, cinematograph works about 26 filings a month, and sound recordings approximately 60 filing a month.  These type of works traditionally have not shown dramatic increases in the number of filings.  The 16,717 applications registered in 2018 as compared to 2017 has been consistent and only saw a marginal increase of 0.7% increase.  There were a total of 133 copyright related orders issued this year through the various courts and tribunals.  A majority or 125 of them were heard by the high courts.

TRADEMARK YEAR IN REVIEW 2018

Trademark Statistics – A comparison between 2017 and 2018

Particulars

2017 2018

Percentage Change

Total New Trademark Application Filed

253,906 311,078

An increase of 23%

Total Trademark Applications Examined by Trademark Office

378,980 370,015

A decrease of 2%

Total Applications Disposed through Show Cause Hearings

69,468 279,103

An increase of 302%

Total Applications Published in the Trademark Journal

389,456 429,440

An increase of 10%

Total Applications Under Opposition

12,379 13,148

An increase of 6%

Total Registrations Granted

33,1837 348,556

An increase of 5%

Total Hearing Notices Issued

178,129 459,353

An increase of 158%

Total Renewals Notices Issued

135,189 95,860

A decrease of 29%

Trademark Judicial Orders in 2018

Court/Tribunal

No. of Orders

Supreme Court

5

High Court

349

Tribunals

31

Total

385

Overall there were dramatic increases in all the activities undertaken by the Trademark Office in 2018 as compared to 2017.  There was a 23% increase in the number of new applications filed but the number of applications examined did not see an increase and was consistent with 2017.  In 2018, a concentrated push by the Trademark Office in the number of the applications disposed through show-cause hearings was witnessed. There were 459,353 hearing notices issued, an increase of 158% from the previous year, and 279,103 application were disposed through hearings, a dramatic increase of 302% from 2017.   There were 385 total trademark related orders issued through the various courts and tribunal, majority of these or 349 were by the high courts.

 

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