World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Germany

Population (Million): 81.89 (2012) (Rank = 15)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 2846.97 (2012) (Rank = 5)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 116,951 257,569 29,377 2372.52
1999 128,359 302,766 29,773 2416.91
2000 134,781 366,545 30,235 2490.81
2001 137,860 307,345 27,409 2528.53
2002 132,955 264,854 25,724 2528.79
2003 134,781 316,231 48,244 2519.30
2004 146,245 404,502 79,546 2548.55
2005 153,799 448,577 87,331 2566.00
2006 160,774 507,905 91,053 2660.94
2007 163,994 587,899 109,406 2747.93
2008 172,120 583,421 102,682 2777.69
2009 162,527 570,292 101,731 2635.28
2010 173,619 625,258 109,587 2744.85
2011 175,606 666,120 113,124 2827.99
2012 181,959 667,596 116,405 2846.97
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 62,640 3 10,843 10 54,311 3
1999 68,219 3 9,502 11 60,140 3
2000 71,840 4 10,406 11 62,941 3
2001 71,297 4 10,486 11 66,563 3
2002 68,637 4 10,589 11 64,318 3
2003 70,519 4 10,663 11 64,262 3
2004 71,494 4 10,786 11 74,751 3
2005 72,165 5 11,855 11 81,634 3
2006 72,888 5 12,573 12 87,886 3
2007 73,036 5 13,139 12 90,958 3
2008 75,900 5 13,177 13 96,220 3
2009 72,971 5 11,724 12 89,556 3
2010 74,401 5 12,198 12 99,218 3
2011 73,216 5 12,458 13 102,390 3
2012 73,905 5 14,720 11 108,054 3
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Transport 8.43
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 6.57
Mechanical elements 6.06
Engines, pumps, turbines 5.24
Measurement 5.07
Organic fine chemistry 4.95
Machine tools 3.86
Basic materials chemistry 3.75
Pharmaceuticals 3.71
Medical technology 3.71
Others 48.65
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 19,648 4 3,674 11 30,041 3
1999 19,159 4 3,233 13 31,208 3
2000 17,167 4 2,935 13 29,137 3
2001 19,618 4 2,868 13 33,237 3
2002 23,096 4 3,019 13 36,378 3
2003 27,136 4 3,727 14 40,498 3
2004 26,546 4 3,736 14 39,798 3
2005 25,583 4 3,979 12 38,219 3
2006 29,731 4 5,577 12 42,228 3
2007 24,910 5 4,762 13 40,393 3
2008 26,137 5 4,669 12 42,735 3
2009 21,668 6 4,151 13 43,432 3
2010 22,183 5 4,048 14 48,469 3
2011 21,789 5 3,511 17 51,087 3
2012 21,485 6 3,168 16 55,640 3
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004 411,671 4
2005 434,663 3
2006 460,658 4
2007 492,604 4
2008 509,879 4
2009 519,209 4
2010 514,046 5
2011 527,917 5
2012 549,521 5
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 19,887 3 2,654 1 297 4
1999 19,559 3 4,025 1 309 4
2000 18,899 3 3,411 1 261 4
2001 17,126 3 3,159 1 250 4
2002 17,363 3 6,065 1 115 14
2003 16,945 3 6,463 1 160 13
2004 17,053 3 3,233 1 127 10
2005 17,021 3 3,397 1 289 5
2006 16,406 3 3,360 1 283 5
2007 14,834 3 3,249 1 348 5
2008 14,047 3 3,020 1 392 5
2009 14,242 3 3,064 1 492 3
2010 13,694 2 3,311 1 483 4
2011 12,759 2 3,265 2 651 4
2012 11,946 3 3,551 2 819 4
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 68,073 5 15,210 11 189,496 2
1999 78,604 5 14,213 15 224,162 2
2000 91,905 5 15,367 19 274,640 2
2001 71,930 8 14,235 14 235,415 2
2002 60,931 9 12,826 13 203,923 2
2003 68,579 7 11,711 17 247,652 2
2004 72,221 6 11,617 18 332,281 2
2005 78,353 6 12,879 15 370,224 2
2006 82,499 6 11,664 24 425,406 2
2007 88,471 6 10,564 23 499,428 2
2008 85,666 7 10,789 24 497,755 1
2009 82,001 8 8,959 23 488,291 1
2010 84,018 8 8,738 26 541,240 1
2011 80,592 9 8,355 26 585,528 1
2012 77,002 9 7,794 28 590,594 1
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 44,499 5 13,420 8 110,969 2
1999 48,022 5 13,017 9 112,814 2
2000 55,681 5 12,809 13 114,607 2
2001 53,432 5 12,813 11 107,323 1
2002 47,958 5 11,976 11 97,936 1
2003 53,666 4 11,036 14 185,075 2
2004 50,783 4 10,241 15 218,990 2
2005 58,795 4 11,027 13 353,846 2
2006 59,611 4 9,875 18 358,523 2
2007 64,300 5 8,889 22 405,610 2
2008 62,745 4 8,373 24 470,258 1
2009 62,926 4 7,321 22 470,991 1
2010 64,901 5 6,829 26 540,836 1
2011 66,774 5 6,646 28 522,094 1
2012 61,942 4 6,305 30 521,267 1
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 9,450 5 5,262 3 19,927 1
1999 9,226 5 5,403 3 20,547 1
2000 8,982 5 5,919 2 21,253 1
2001 8,275 5 5,697 2 19,134 1
2002 7,631 5 5,790 2 18,093 1
2003 8,431 5 2,957 3 39,813 1
2004 8,514 5 1,712 9 71,032 1
2005 8,404 5 1,251 14 78,927 1
2006 8,605 5 1,170 14 82,448 1
2007 8,786 5 1,073 17 100,620 1
2008 8,514 5 904 21 94,168 1
2009 8,761 5 641 22 92,970 1
2010 9,322 5 723 19 100,265 1
2011 9,371 5 674 22 103,753 1
2012 9,467 5 803 23 106,938 1
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 7,602 5 4,871 2 19,460 1
1999 10,556 4 6,034 1 19,971 1
2000 8,517 5 5,750 3 20,122 1
2001 7,173 5 5,372 2 18,955 1
2002 7,752 5 6,103 2 17,559 1
2003 7,096 5 3,327 3 22,909 1
2004 7,774 5 1,617 7 76,354 1
2005 8,535 4 1,393 11 81,612 1
2006 8,074 5 1,129 13 84,710 1
2007 8,805 5 1,129 15 94,954 1
2008 8,255 5 911 20 94,059 1
2009 7,577 5 598 19 92,877 1
2010 8,477 5 749 16 96,265 1
2011 8,622 5 620 20 100,612 1
2012 8,721 5 810 19 102,548 1
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 9,403 2        
1999 10,514 2        
2000 12,580 2 6,258 1 1,315 1
2001 14,035 2 5,756 1 1,231 1
2002 14,323 2 5,059 1 1,225 1
2003 14,658 3 5,498 1 599 1
2004 15,218 3 5,408 1 355 2
2005 15,991 3 6,353 1 334 2
2006 16,737 3 6,473 1 256 2
2007 17,821 3 7,174 1 380 1
2008 18,855 3 7,461 1 406 2
2009 16,795 3 6,258 1 408 2
2010 17,568 3 6,685 1 531 2
2011 18,852 3 7,043 1 584 2
2012 18,764 3 6,545 1 663 1
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
ROBERT BOSCH CORPORATION 1,775 5
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT 1,272 8
BASF SE 644 19
BOSCH-SIEMENS HAUSGERATE GMBH 448 32
SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG 347 43
DAIMLER AG 289 55
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V. 264 60
SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH 258 64
MERCK PATENT GMBH 209 76
CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH 208 77
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 5,168 1 2,201 16 15,265 2
1999 6,770 1 801 23 18,561 2
2000 7,902 1 786 24 22,009 2
2001 9,100 1 1,021 25 24,887 2
2002 8,929 1 1,032 25 26,545 2
2003 10,573 1 1,053 26 26,791 3
2004 10,107 1 1,331 23 37,821 2
2005 11,405 1 1,641 20 42,388 3
2006 11,705 1 2,209 19 46,644 3
2007 11,691 2 2,757 18 49,144 3
2008 12,954 1 2,770 19 54,631 3
2009 12,414 2 2,630 17 51,366 3
2010 12,665 3 2,823 20 57,905 3
2011 12,311 3 2,256 21 60,148 3
2012 13,136 3 3,554 18 62,422 3
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.
Germany 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 Germany.
Germany is a member of the European Union. Trademark and industrial design filings by residents of this country at the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office; filings by other nationals at OHIM are considered non-resident filings via regional office for Germany.
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