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Archived updates for Tuesday, May 10, 2005

What Trademark Filings Say About the Economy

From the May 9, 2005 National Law Journal:
  • Domestic trademark applicants outnumbered foreign ones by a ratio of 85 to 15.
  • Applications by companies in China increased from 488 to 770 in one year.
  • Indian applicants matched China in the number of filings for business services data processing and software development
  • In the U.S., there were 132,000 "blue state" applicants v. 81,000 from businesses in the red states. Sixteen applications contained the word "Blue State" v. three containing "Red State."
  • With 12% of the U.S. population, Californians filed 21% of domestic trademark applications in which computer and electronic goods applications increased 2% while entertainment services class jumped 14%
  • With less than 1% of the U.S. population, Nevadans accounted for 2% of filings by U.S. applicants last year, a 40% rise from last year, with almost one-quarter involving casino and gaming services.
  • On the other hand, Louisiana and Wisconsin both saw declines, with applications by Wisconsin companies for cheese falling by 50%.

"Clearly, what happens in Vegas winds up at the Trademark Office," writes Glenn Gundersen. And apparently, what happens in Wisconsin, stays in Wisconsin.

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Blogger Ronald Coleman said...

Okay, Bill. But what, exactly, do trademark filings say about the economy?

May 11, 2005 11:30 AM  
Blogger Bill Heinze said...

Your guess is as good as mine, and I guess that's what is so frustrating about economics.

May 11, 2005 11:49 AM  
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