World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Benin

Population (Million): 10.05 (2012) (Rank = 85)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 13.71 (2012) (Rank = 126)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998       7.75
1999       8.17
2000       8.56
2001       9.10
2002       9.50
2003       9.87
2004       10.18
2005       10.47
2006       10.86
2007       11.36
2008       11.93
2009       12.25
2010       12.57
2011       13.01
2012       13.71
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000 1 104     15 64
2001 1 96     15 61
2002 2 99     30 55
2003 3 96     46 66
2004 7 92     105 53
2005 7 92     107 54
2006         1 125
2007            
2008         5 111
2009            
2010            
2011 7 91     105 69
2012 7 88     105 68
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Pharmaceuticals 31.25
Civil engineering 12.50
Telecommunications 9.38
Food chemistry 9.38
Other special machines 6.25
Furniture, games 6.25
Other consumer goods 6.25
Computer technology 3.13
Control 3.13
Medical technology 3.13
Others 9.35
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
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2006            
2007         1 104
2008         1 120
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Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
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Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003         46 114
2004         2 139
2005            
2006            
2007         1 161
2008         27 133
2009            
2010         27 150
2011 55 98     833 85
2012 64 93     1,016 78
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003         1 148
2004            
2005            
2006         25 130
2007         1 159
2008         1 161
2009         27 133
2010         2 170
2011            
2012            
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     382 50    
1999     301 51    
2000     377 51    
2001     366 53    
2002     307 54    
2003     134 59    
2004     44 75    
2005     55 71    
2006     36 74    
2007     29 82    
2008     37 79    
2009     15 92    
2010     9 98    
2011 6 92 14 92 91 66
2012 7 91 6 103 105 70
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     382 45    
1999     301 46    
2000     377 47    
2001     366 47    
2002     307 50    
2003     134 53    
2004     44 70    
2005     55 68    
2006     36 70    
2007     29 73    
2008     37 75    
2009     15 84    
2010     9 95    
2011     14 89    
2012     6 100 1 103
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002 1 86        
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006 1 101        
2007            
2008 1 105        
2009            
2010            
2011            
2012            
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005 1 48     16 60
2006            
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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.
Benin is a member of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI). Patent filings by residents of this country at OAPI are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office; filings by other nationals at OAPI are considered non-resident filings via regional office for Benin.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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