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Statistical Country Profiles

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Population (Million): 65.71 (2012) (Rank = 20)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 23.91 (2012) (Rank = 104)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998       14.49
1999       13.87
2000       12.91
2001       12.64
2002       13.08
2003       13.84
2004       14.75
2005       15.91
2006       16.79
2007       17.84
2008       18.94
2009       19.48
2010       20.88
2011       22.31
2012       23.91
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005         1 133
2006         1 125
2007            
2008            
2009         1 134
2010         2 131
2011         1 153
2012         2 146
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 12.50
Computer technology 12.50
IT methods for management 12.50
Basic materials chemistry 12.50
Chemical engineering 12.50
Thermal processes and apparatus 12.50
Mechanical elements 12.50
Civil engineering 12.50
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003         1 117
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007            
2008            
2009         2 108
2010            
2011            
2012            
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            
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2004            
2005            
2006            
2007         51 122
2008         33 130
2009         85 115
2010         29 147
2011            
2012         160 122
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007            
2008         3 154
2009         54 120
2010         30 145
2011         27 145
2012         4 170
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
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2006            
2007            
2008            
2009            
2010            
2011            
2012         1 124
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
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International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007            
2008 2 99        
2009            
2010            
2011 1 110        
2012            
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
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2000            
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2009            
2010            
2011            
2012         2 112
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.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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