World Intellectual Property Organization

WIPO Intellectual Property Statistics

 

General Information

DATA SOURCES

Intellectual property data published in these pages are taken from the WIPO Statistics Database, which is primarily based on information provided to WIPO by national/regional IP offices and data compiled by WIPO during the application process of international filings through the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Madrid System and the Hague System.

In addition, indicators of patent families and fields of technology are developed by WIPO based on data from the PATSTAT database, which is maintained by the European Patent Office.

WIPO’s ANNUAL IP DATA SURVEY

Thanks to the Member States and national and regional IP Offices cooperation, WIPO collects IP data from IP offices around the world. The data are collected at an aggregate level by various breakdowns (e.g. number of patent filings or grants by office and origin, etc.). A continuing effort is made to improve the quality and availability of IP statistics. It is difficult to obtain data for all IP offices with all possible breakdowns, however every effort is made to cover data for as many offices and countries as possible.

Condition of Use

By using WIPO’s statistical data, users agree not to republish or commercially re-sell WIPO’s statistical datasets. In addition, when employing WIPO’s statistical data in any written work, users shall cite “WIPO Statistics Database” as the source of the data.

Methodology

IP data reported in these pages are based on the following concepts:

  • Country of Origin: country of origin is used to categorize IP data by resident (domestic) and non-resident (foreign). The residence of the first-named applicant (or inventor) recorded in the IP document (e.g. patent or trademark application) is used to classify IP data by country of origin.
  • Resident and Non-Resident: a resident IP filing refers to an application filed by an applicant at its national IP office. For example, an application filed by an applicant resident of Japan at the IP office of Japan is considered as a resident filing for Japan IP office data. Similarly, a non-resident filing refers to an IP application filed by an applicant at a foreign IP office. For example, an application filed at the IP office of China by an applicant residing in France is considered a non-resident filing for China IP office data. The IP grant (registration) data are based on the same concept.
  • Filing and Grant Date: the IP filing data are based on the date of filing. The IP grant (registration) data are based on the date of grant (registration). The IP data by field of technology are based on the date of publication and the patent families data are based on the priority (or first filing) date.

 

 

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