World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Cameroon

Population (Million): 21.7 (2012) (Rank = 54)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 43.8 (2012) (Rank = 86)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998       26.71
1999       27.88
2000       29.06
2001       30.37
2002       31.58
2003       32.86
2004       34.07
2005       34.86
2006       35.98
2007       37.20
2008       38.15
2009       38.90
2010       40.19
2011       41.83
2012       43.80
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999 4 93     60 40
2000 3 98     45 45
2001 4 91     60 40
2002 11 86     165 35
2003 35 75     525 32
2004 27 82     408 35
2005 20 86     302 38
2006         4 98
2007         4 112
2008         4 115
2009         12 96
2010         3 122
2011 26 82     391 43
2012 45 75     680 39
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Pharmaceuticals 38.10
Food chemistry 9.52
Medical technology 8.33
Telecommunications 7.14
Biotechnology 7.14
Measurement 3.57
Furniture, games 3.57
IT methods for management 2.38
Basic materials chemistry 2.38
Engines, pumps, turbines 2.38
Others 15.49
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
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2007         1 104
2008            
2009         2 108
2010         4 103
2011            
2012         4 103
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         17 113
2003         51 112
2004         3 137
2005            
2006         1 159
2007         27 137
2008            
2009         139 103
2010         3 170
2011 307 81     4,671 48
2012 210 83     3,159 59
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003         107 86
2004            
2005         1 133
2006         1 148
2007         3 149
2008         28 133
2009         28 132
2010         86 124
2011         4 167
2012         58 132
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
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2005 11 83     165 50
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2010            
2011 21 75     315 50
2012 21 77     315 52
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
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2005 13 70     195 47
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International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998            
1999            
2000 2 73        
2001            
2002            
2003 2 86        
2004 2 87        
2005 2 88        
2006 1 101        
2007 1 101        
2008 1 105        
2009 9 69        
2010 2 95        
2011 3 90        
2012            
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
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2003            
2004         2 85
2005            
2006         2 84
2007         1 107
2008         2 96
2009         5 92
2010            
2011            
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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.
Cameroon 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 Cameroon.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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