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The United States and China helped drive international patent filings to a record level last year, and cross-border applications surged to more than 200,000, the World Intellectual Property Organisation said on Thursday.
Innovation in engine technology was a leading factor behind patent activity.
The flow of activity to register new patents is watched as an important indicator of how companies, countries, sectors and regions rank in terms of research and innovation, which are essential drivers of growth and strategic power.
WIPO oversees the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which allows patent-seekers to file a single application to protect their invention, rather than having to lodge one in individual nations.
A total of 205,300 PCT filings were registered in 2013, up 5.1 percent from the 194,400 filed a year earlier.
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