World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Switzerland

Population (Million): 8 (2012) (Rank = 94)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 314.64 (2012) (Rank = 34)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 18,692 72,961 12,844 245.08
1999 18,928 69,528 11,239 248.50
2000 19,977 91,769 12,837 257.62
2001 19,940 91,343 13,948 260.82
2002 20,552   13,817 261.31
2003 21,822     261.36
2004 25,688 86,260   267.69
2005 29,861 100,533   274.90
2006 32,243 121,195 23,562 285.22
2007 35,928 140,681 26,991 296.18
2008 37,220 138,558 33,690 302.59
2009 35,846 124,849 30,929 296.73
2010 39,413 154,458 33,546 305.74
2011 38,776 155,393 38,777 311.63
2012 41,213 153,211 31,139 314.64
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 5,184 12 564 41 13,508 6
1999 5,129 13 535 44 13,799 6
2000 5,644 12 468 53 14,333 6
2001 5,667 12 594 45 14,273 8
2002 5,709 11 466 47 14,843 8
2003 6,011 10 396 50 15,811 7
2004 6,405 10 434 46 19,283 8
2005 6,671 10 455 45 23,190 8
2006 7,161 10 362 50 25,082 8
2007 7,549 11 342 47 28,379 6
2008 7,566 11 439 43 29,654 7
2009 7,550 12 394 40 28,296 6
2010 8,364 12 533 40 31,049 6
2011 8,002 12 446 41 30,774 6
2012 8,101 12 1,508 31 33,112 6
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Pharmaceuticals 11.98
Organic fine chemistry 9.33
Medical technology 8.29
Handling 6.29
Measurement 5.91
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 4.50
Basic materials chemistry 4.05
Biotechnology 3.82
Food chemistry 3.43
Other special machines 3.36
Others 39.04
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 1,546 14 208 49 6,740 6
1999 1,670 13 247 50 7,328 6
2000 1,562 14 321 44 6,757 6
2001 2,098 12 487 37 7,156 6
2002 2,302 12 379 38 6,571 7
2003 2,393 12     9,098 6
2004 2,464 11 398 35 8,815 7
2005 1,911 15     8,816 7
2006 2,727 12 426 37 9,820 7
2007 2,414 15 309 38 10,310 7
2008 2,930 11 277 44 11,546 6
2009 2,805 12 377 34 11,633 6
2010 2,850 13 280 40 13,692 6
2011 2,773 13 125 51 14,952 6
2012 2,887 13 167 46 16,684 6
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004 97,695 11
2005 99,531 10
2006 104,914 8
2007 107,871 8
2008 121,928 9
2009 120,178 9
2010 123,033 11
2011 143,253 9
2012 148,020 9
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         381 2
1999         438 2
2000         468 3
2001         399 3
2002         586 2
2003         505 3
2004         387 3
2005         378 3
2006         367 3
2007         366 4
2008         354 6
2009         410 5
2010         465 5
2011         512 5
2012         513 5
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 6,796 22 15,143 12 66,165 6
1999 7,307 26 15,691 11 62,221 6
2000 9,030 24 19,117 11 82,739 6
2001 7,665 27 17,141 8 83,678 6
2002 1 122 10,591 21 73,822 6
2003 1 119 10,186 21 72,354 7
2004 9,280 29 14,362 12 76,980 7
2005 9,399 32 17,689 10 91,134 7
2006 9,696 34 18,893 10 111,499 7
2007 11,723 29 19,216 11 128,958 7
2008 11,885 29 19,629 11 126,673 7
2009 11,843 29 17,102 11 113,006 8
2010 11,065 31 16,858 13 143,393 7
2011 10,815 31 18,247 13 144,578 7
2012 11,340 31 17,770 13 141,871 7
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 5,989 19 13,610 7 61,386 4
1999 6,447 18 14,166 6 55,676 4
2000 7,016 19 16,536 4 63,808 3
2001 8,003 16 17,125 3 60,974 3
2002 1 95 10,117 17 52,854 4
2003 1 97 9,642 19 57,949 6
2004 8,048 17 13,543 8 57,986 7
2005 7,934 20 16,363 6 97,009 7
2006 8,082 23 17,689 6 97,060 7
2007 8,638 22 17,228 10 110,491 7
2008 10,504 22 18,191 8 119,428 7
2009 10,254 22 16,546 6 112,955 7
2010 10,322 26 15,915 8 138,474 7
2011 10,129 26 17,316 8 129,804 7
2012 9,574 26 16,918 9 127,318 7
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 1,140 17 3,068 8 11,704 3
1999 1,160 18 3,218 7 10,079 4
2000 1,233 19 3,344 8 11,604 4
2001 1,226 17 3,135 9 12,722 3
2002 1,188 19 3,075 9 12,629 2
2003 512 28 1,502 21 16,053 7
2004 393 35 810 26 18,110 9
2005 339 39 650 24 20,819 8
2006 1,067 22 1,101 16 22,495 8
2007 1,112 22 1,202 15 25,879 8
2008 1,218 23 1,211 14 32,472 7
2009 1,111 24 1,160 12 29,818 7
2010 1,216 19 1,399 12 32,330 7
2011 1,174 20 1,481 12 37,603 7
2012 1,134 21 1,722 12 30,005 7
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 1,077 11 3,038 7 11,484 3
1999 1,097 12 3,171 7 9,993 3
2000 1,167 12 3,311 6 10,884 3
2001 1,151 14 3,103 8 12,154 3
2002 1,081 15 3,059 9 12,346 2
2003 512 22 1,499 20 13,591 5
2004 392 32 808 19 16,850 9
2005 339 36 650 21 19,547 9
2006 974 20 1,042 15 21,069 8
2007 1,006 20 1,157 14 24,222 8
2008 1,122 20 1,165 16 19,182 9
2009 1,016 20 1,102 14 15,258 11
2010 1,118 19 1,354 12 20,362 10
2011 1,102 16 1,425 13 35,389 7
2012 1,051 18 1,652 12 29,687 7
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 1,427 9        
1999 1,766 8        
2000 1,997 8 2,882 3 614 3
2001 2,356 8 3,039 3 606 3
2002 2,757 8 2,522 3 686 3
2003 2,864 8 2,184 3 509 2
2004 2,907 8 2,146 4 436 1
2005 3,292 8 2,254 5 373 1
2006 3,622 9 2,494 5 393 1
2007 3,832 9 2,724 5 328 2
2008 3,799 10 2,909 5 531 1
2009 3,672 9 2,745 4 484 1
2010 3,728 9 2,953 4 582 1
2011 4,008 8 3,003 4 600 1
2012 4,192 8 2,898 4 582 2
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
NESTEC S.A. 268 59
F. HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE AG 214 71
ABB TECHNOLOGY AG 213 72
NOVARTIS AG 193 83
ALSTOM TECHNOLOGY LTD 126 140
ABB RESEARCH LTD 122 146
ST-ERICSSON SA 114 161
SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS AG 104 179
PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A. 60 335
INVENTIO AG 59 341
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 836 7     2,635 8
1999 903 7 46 42 3,259 8
2000 1,088 7     3,896 8
2001 1,338 7 66 40 4,654 8
2002 1,501 6 70 43 5,897 8
2003 1,714 7     6,576 7
2004 1,977 7     10,492 7
2005 2,085 7     13,423 7
2006 2,192 7     13,979 7
2007 2,510 7     16,498 7
2008 2,604 7     18,455 7
2009 2,629 7 42 39 17,807 6
2010 2,610 7 47 44 19,771 5
2011 2,638 7 37 52 19,323 6
2012 2,729 6 43 49 20,995 5
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.
Switzerland is a member of the European Patent Convention from 1978. Patent filings by residents of this country at the European Patent Office (EPO) are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office. Due to lack of information on designation, filings by other nationals at the EPO are not counted as non-resident filings for Switzerland.
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