World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profile

Australia

Population (Million): 22.68 (2012) (Rank = 51)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 809.1 (2012) (Rank = 17)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 4,539 28,385 3,310 518.52
1999 4,685 35,713 3,622 544.21
2000 5,342 44,185 3,401 565.14
2001 6,326 34,246 3,258 575.87
2002 6,617 41,194 2,904 598.41
2003 7,304 46,162 4,764 617.26
2004 10,299 57,208 6,864 642.87
2005 10,712 62,210 7,328 663.35
2006 11,405 72,085 6,704 683.54
2007 12,031 72,752 6,650 709.43
2008 12,213 72,914 8,087 736.17
2009 10,692 69,331 7,443 748.30
2010 11,559 74,170 7,702 763.92
2011 11,536 76,535 8,420 782.51
2012 11,426 80,545 9,020 809.10
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 1,862 23 16,063 7 2,677 15
1999 1,858 23 17,960 7 2,827 17
2000 1,928 22 20,073 7 3,414 15
2001 2,187 22 20,548 7 4,139 14
2002 2,364 20 20,181 7 4,253 13
2003 2,418 20 19,176 7 4,886 13
2004 2,559 21 20,274 7 7,740 12
2005 2,555 23 21,302 7 8,157 12
2006 2,837 22 23,166 8 8,568 13
2007 2,718 22 24,122 8 9,313 14
2008 2,821 21 23,525 8 9,392 14
2009 2,494 23 21,187 8 8,198 14
2010 2,409 25 22,478 8 9,150 15
2011 2,383 25 23,143 9 9,153 14
2012 2,627 24 23,731 9 8,799 16
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Medical technology 7.70
Civil engineering 7.68
Pharmaceuticals 6.49
Biotechnology 5.26
Computer technology 5.07
Other special machines 4.54
Textile and paper machines 4.54
Furniture, games 4.48
Handling 3.66
Measurement 3.44
Others 47.14
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 1,170 19 13,280 5 1,502 16
1999 1,003 20 12,200 6 1,794 15
2000 1,034 19 12,514 4 1,963 14
2001 1,070 19 12,633 4 2,039 14
2002 980 19 12,632 5 1,804 16
2003 1,021 19 12,035 5 2,906 13
2004 1,177 18 11,562 7 2,863 13
2005 1,163 21 9,816 7 3,029 13
2006 924 24 8,502 8 3,515 13
2007 1,086 21 10,150 8 3,720 13
2008 925 21 10,938 8 3,694 13
2009 926 23 11,484 7 3,490 13
2010 1,178 23 13,379 7 4,500 14
2011 1,267 22 16,610 7 4,927 13
2012 1,311 21 16,413 7 4,409 15
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004 96,673 12
2005 96,403 11
2006 95,924 10
2007 106,756 9
2008 107,699 10
2009 104,644 10
2010 96,293 12
2011 105,463 12
2012 112,176 12
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 349 16 120 9 13 26
1999 504 14 116 9 13 28
2000 528 14 126 9 11 27
2001 762 11 136 9 14 25
2002 868 9 121 7 24 25
2003 901 11 139 9 19 30
2004 956 11 137 8 18 24
2005 925 11 134 8 29 25
2006 917 11 159 8 9 34
2007 1,036 11 193 7 37 25
2008 1,024 13 231 6 42 23
2009 1,110 13 210 7 45 22
2010 1,126 13 339 7 70 20
2011 1,204 13 486 5 73 23
2012 1,205 13 651 4 74 23
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 18,928 12 11,243 20 9,457 15
1999 23,858 13 12,875 17 11,855 14
2000 27,301 14 15,589 18 16,884 13
2001 24,970 15 13,403 16 9,276 16
2002 26,710 15 16,969 6 14,484 14
2003 30,618 12 18,692 7 15,544 14
2004 37,113 13 21,164 5 20,095 16
2005 38,550 13 25,863 3 23,660 16
2006 40,538 13 29,049 3 31,547 13
2007 40,001 12 21,039 9 32,751 18
2008 38,381 12 20,989 10 34,533 16
2009 38,466 13 17,938 10 30,865 16
2010 39,633 14 19,826 10 34,537 16
2011 40,150 15 21,359 10 36,385 18
2012 41,168 15 22,199 11 39,377 17
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 11,458 11 10,646 19 7,080 13
1999 10,847 12 8,954 25 8,647 11
2000 9,732 15 8,563 29 8,991 11
2001 16,986 9 14,293 7 2,603 22
2002 17,234 12 16,249 6 6,508 12
2003 17,115 11 16,413 5 10,989 14
2004 19,278 9 17,412 4 14,475 15
2005 22,452 10 20,900 4 24,051 15
2006 23,357 11 24,348 3 23,932 14
2007 25,868 11 17,918 8 25,348 14
2008 26,949 11 19,257 6 30,185 15
2009 24,873 12 15,926 7 29,457 17
2010 24,210 13 15,733 9 30,618 19
2011 23,956 13 17,060 9 30,097 18
2012 24,349 14 18,258 7 32,607 17
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 2,703 8 1,402 22 607 13
1999 2,959 8 1,412 22 663 13
2000 2,674 10 1,581 22 727 13
2001 2,649 10 1,470 22 609 17
2002 2,581 11 1,530 21 323 14
2003 2,695 12 1,924 11 2,069 16
2004 3,104 10 2,549 7 3,760 17
2005 2,893 12 2,918 7 4,435 18
2006 2,938 12 2,938 7 3,766 19
2007 2,568 14 3,228 7 4,082 20
2008 2,727 13 3,350 7 5,360 19
2009 2,549 15 2,587 7 4,894 21
2010 2,828 13 3,035 7 4,874 21
2011 2,664 14 3,302 7 5,756 21
2012 2,714 12 3,835 6 6,306 21
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 2,169 8 1,399 21 524 12
1999 2,144 8 1,238 22 395 15
2000 1,872 10 1,236 23 654 12
2001 2,138 8 1,623 20 494 17
2002 2,312 8 1,530 21 292 14
2003 2,332 8 1,617 14 1,236 17
2004 1,761 12 1,562 8 3,384 16
2005 2,755 11 3,088 4 4,208 18
2006 3,506 8 3,863 4 3,939 19
2007 2,330 12 2,877 7 3,620 21
2008 2,455 12 3,642 5 5,304 19
2009 2,639 10 3,026 5 4,503 21
2010 2,498 10 2,829 6 5,219 21
2011 2,511 12 3,136 6 5,510 21
2012 2,440 12 3,555 6 5,683 21
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 1,057 11        
1999 1,142 11        
2000 1,573 12        
2001 1,660 13 62 29    
2002 1,761 13 221 19 1 28
2003 1,679 12 329 17 1 24
2004 1,834 12 666 13    
2005 2,005 13 826 12    
2006 1,996 13 1,063 11    
2007 2,052 13 1,128 10    
2008 1,938 14 1,083 12    
2009 1,740 14 991 12 2 32
2010 1,772 14 1,003 12    
2011 1,740 14 965 14 1 39
2012 1,707 14 1,045 14    
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION 49 416
COCHLEAR LIMITED 27 736
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND 26 757
AMCOR LIMITED 24 817
UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY 22 887
RESMED LIMITED 19 1024
TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES PTY LIMITED 18 1092
NEWSOUTH INNOVATIONS PTY LIMITED 17 1147
MONASH UNIVERSITY 15 1265
UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE 12 1540
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 569 8 10,660 7 853 14
1999 617 9 12,694 6 946 14
2000 699 9 14,804 5 1,403 14
2001 905 9 15,604 7 1,787 12
2002 1,065 9 15,719 7 2,171 11
2003 1,085 9 14,748 7 2,387 11
2004 1,052 12 15,732 7 4,749 11
2005 1,080 12 16,891 7 5,152 11
2006 1,279 11 18,906 8 5,804 12
2007 1,240 12 19,390 8 6,082 12
2008 1,236 12 19,287 8 5,895 12
2009 1,083 12 17,250 8 5,229 13
2010 1,053 14 17,988 9 6,082 14
2011 996 13 17,851 9 6,087 13
2012 1,046 14 18,061 9 6,191 15
Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated : 03/2014
The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from the PATSTAT database (for statistics by field of technology). Data might be missing for some years and offices or may be incomplete for some origins. The data relating to population and gross domestic product (GDP) are from the UN Statistics Division and the World Bank.
A resident filing refers to an application filed in the country by its own resident; whereas a non-resident filing refers to the one filed by a foreign applicant. An abroad filing refers to an application filed by this country's resident at a foreign office.
Where an office provides total filings without breaking them down into resident and non-resident filings, WIPO divides the total count using the historical share of resident filings at that office.
IP filings and Economy lists patent, trademark and industrial design filings worldwide by applicants from this country (resident + abroad).
One filing at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) or the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) is treated as equavalent of multiple abroad filings at each member state; whereas one filing at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one abroad filing due to lack of information on designation.
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