Applicants with Rhode Island addresses filed 172 applications to register trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) during the fourth quarter of 2013. This represents a 17% decrease over the 208 trademark applications filed by Rhode Island owners during the fourth quarter of 2012, and a 27% decrease over the 235 trademark applications filed for the fourth quarter of 2011.
For the year, Rhode Island applicants filed 908 applications with the PTO. This represents a 14% decrease over the 1053 Rhode Island trademark applications filed in 2012, and a 19% decrease over the 1127 trademark applications filed by Rhode Islanders in 2011.
Nationally, the slight upward trend in filings continues. A total of 73,998 trademark applications were filed with the PTO in the fourth quarter of 2013, representing a 0.6 % increase over the 73,540 trademark applications filed in the fourth quarter of 2012. A total of 319,002 applications were filed with the PTO in 2013, representing a 1.2 % increase over the 315,375 applications filed during 2012.
The most likely explanation for the downward trend in filings in Rhode Island remains the sluggish economy in Rhode Island. Companies are watching budgets carefully and only filing where necessary to protect their major brands. Nationally, the economy is picking up, but the trend has not really been felt here yet.
The top five Rhode Island filers during October, November and December of 2013 are 3 consumer product companies, one financial services company and one educational institution. RBS Citizens Financial Group filed the largest number of applications among Rhode Island applicants with 27 filings. Providence College was next with 15 applications. CVS Pharmacy, Inc. was third with 10 applications, followed by Hasbro (8 filings) and Alex and Ani (7 filings).
For the year, the top Rhode Island filer was Hasbro with 61 applications. RBS Citizens Financial Group was next with 39 applications. CVS Pharmacy was third with 28 applications. Alex & Ani, The Big East Conference (now known as The American Athletic Conference), and Wizards of the Coast (a Hasbro subsidiary) each filed 27 applications.
Data supplied by PTO.
RI Trademark Filings Down 12.9% Through 3rd Quarter 2013 (October 18, 2013)
RI Trademark Filings Decrease 9% in First Half of 2013 (August 15, 2013)