An interesting news story reveals that China is ranks first in trademark applications, amongst all the world.

According to The Peoples Daily, “As of September 15, this year 1.005 million applications for trademark registration in China have been reviewed, up 153 percent year-on-year. The figure, covering eight and a half months, equals that of the previous three years and three months, marking an important milestone in China’s trademark history. At present, China ranks first in the world in volume of trade mark applications, reviews and registrations, and has become a world leader for trademarks. Reporters learned that the volume of China’s trademark applications has ranked first in the world for seven consecutive years from 2002 to 2008. The number of trademark applications is expected to exceed 700,000 this year, ranking first in the world.”

This is a startling number, but makes perfect sense given China’s huge populations and its remarkable growth as a business powerhouse. We can expect a lot of trademark litigation and domain name disputes out of China. I have become a member of the International Domain Name Forum a web site about the ever increasing and increasingly popular non Western domain names, e.g. in chinese characters. Its been fascinating to learn about this new frontier of domain names.