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Published January 2, 2024

Catherine Cavella, ESQ.

Trademarks and patents are not just legal formalities but powerful assets shaping how we perceive brands and products. In this blog, we will delve into five obscure facts about intellectual property highlighting the significance of protecting intellectual property through patents and trademarks. These facts will inspire you to consider patenting your inventions and innovations and registering your trademarks.


  1. Most Valuable Trademark According to Forbes:

According to Forbes, the world’s most valuable trademark belongs to Google. This internet search giant topped Forbes’ list of the Top Ten Most Valuable Trademarks with a trademark value of $44.3 billion. This staggering valuation underscores the immense importance of a strong trademark in building brand recognition and trust. Google’s trademark has become synonymous with online search and innovation, showcasing the power of protecting your brand through trademark registration.


  1. Country with the Largest Number of Patents:

China holds the distinction of being the country with the most significant number of patent applications. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, China filed 1,381,594 patents in 2017, including domestic and overseas filings. This fact highlights the global significance of patents in protecting intellectual property. As inventors and innovators, patenting your creations can help secure your ideas in a competitive landscape.


  1. First Fashion Show / Charles Frederic Worth:

Charles Frederic Worth, a pioneer in the fashion world, is attributed as the first haute couturier. He set up his own fashion business in 1858, where he presented his original designs to clients using models to show them off. This innovative approach marked the birth of the fashion show as we know it today. Worth’s designs were protected by copyright, highlighting the gravity of intellectual property rights in innovative industries. While fashion clothing is challenging to protect today, registering your designs and trademarks can safeguard your unique creations.


  1. Most Lives Saved by a Seatbelt Innovation:

The three-point safety belt, invented by Swedish engineer Nils Bohlin, has saved countless lives since its introduction. The US National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration estimates that seatbelts have prevented 55,600 deaths and 1.3 million injuries in the last decade in the USA alone. This life-saving invention, protected by patents, underscores the real-world impact of intellectual property. Patents can not only protect your inventions but also contribute to the safety and well-being of society. Before a patent application is granted it is published, so the world can learn about the innovation and benefit from it.


  1. Patent for Golden Rice:

A genetically modified variety of rice enriched with vitamin A can potentially prevent thousands of cases of blindness and death among populations where rice is a staple food. The patent for Golden Rice showcases the positive impact of patenting agriculture and biotechnology innovations on global health and nutrition. It serves as a reminder that patents can be a force for good in addressing pressing global challenges. Once the patent term has expired, the innovation enters the public domain.

In conclusion, these five obscure trademark and patent facts shed light on intellectual property’s profound impact on industries, innovation, and even global health. Whether you’re an inventor, a designer, or a brand owner, protecting your intellectual property through patents, trademarks and copyrights is a crucial step in ensuring the recognition and value of your creations. So, take inspiration from these facts and consider patenting your inventions to make a lasting mark in your field.

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Since 1992, Catherine Cavella, Esq. Her focus on Trademark Law and Copyright Law for the last few decades gives her deep insights into the fundamental principles behind the rules. Catherine regularly writes about new developments in trademark law, copyright law, and internet law.