World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profile

France

Population (Million): 65.7 (2012) (Rank = 21)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 1959.02 (2012) (Rank = 9)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 40,558 181,071 22,834 1604.49
1999 43,837 195,830 23,457 1657.31
2000 45,928 220,426 23,029 1718.29
2001 44,484 173,084 21,426 1749.84
2002 44,428 166,988 17,741 1766.09
2003 44,822 181,373 27,846 1781.98
2004 51,067 222,993 43,747 1827.32
2005 54,375 244,734 46,925 1860.70
2006 55,523 257,654 50,197 1906.60
2007 58,452 291,676 53,136 1950.18
2008 62,215 288,831 58,394 1948.60
2009 60,941 298,117 58,949 1887.28
2010 65,696 324,675 60,916 1919.83
2011 67,166 337,208 61,062 1958.74
2012 69,242 335,304 65,528 1959.02
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 18,895 6 3,544 24 21,663 4
1999 19,772 7 3,282 24 24,065 4
2000 20,661 8 3,483 26 25,267 4
2001 20,303 8 3,605 27 24,181 4
2002 20,372 8 3,389 27 24,056 4
2003 20,942 8 3,339 25 23,880 4
2004 22,310 8 3,060 25 28,757 5
2005 22,362 8 2,948 25 32,013 5
2006 22,540 7 2,720 26 32,983 5
2007 23,049 7 2,387 27 35,403 5
2008 23,709 7 1,761 31 38,506 5
2009 23,030 7 1,593 28 37,911 5
2010 24,278 7 1,832 26 41,418 5
2011 24,287 7 2,099 28 42,879 5
2012 24,442 7 2,092 28 44,800 5
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Transport 7.92
Organic fine chemistry 6.84
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 5.65
Pharmaceuticals 5.43
Computer technology 4.48
Digital communication 4.08
Measurement 4.05
Civil engineering 3.86
Audio-visual technology 3.81
Medical technology 3.72
Others 50.16
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 13,158 6 2,754 14 12,860 4
1999 12,573 6 2,523 15 13,914 4
2000 11,047 6 2,337 16 12,551 4
2001 11,886 6 2,266 15 13,308 4
2002 11,982 6 1,809 17 15,089 4
2003 14,277 6 2,115 16 16,053 4
2004 13,737 7 2,465 15 15,277 4
2005 12,221 7 2,992 15 14,876 4
2006 15,195 7 3,091 16 15,801 4
2007 13,728 7 2,364 17 15,822 4
2008 14,040 7 1,575 20 17,039 5
2009 13,259 8 1,301 25 17,004 5
2010 13,315 8 1,120 26 20,091 5
2011 13,616 7 1,398 23 21,414 5
2012 16,220 7 1,496 22 24,095 5
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004 388,379 5
2005 343,568 5
2006 377,761 5
2007    
2008 439,075 5
2009 436,931 6
2010 435,915 6
2011 471,362 6
2012 490,941 6
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         128 9
1999         117 13
2000         164 8
2001         135 8
2002         311 7
2003 72 27 297 5 140 14
2004 87 28 216 6 93 13
2005 185 22 205 6 164 11
2006 80 30 301 6 80 15
2007 121 24 209 6 103 12
2008 85 33 203 8 107 15
2009 195 26 218 6 152 13
2010 213 25 271 8 133 17
2011 211 25 295 7 256 9
2012 156 29 272 7 367 8
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 73,622 4 22,741 3 107,449 3
1999 82,755 4 20,550 3 113,075 3
2000 93,252 4 21,942 5 127,174 4
2001 63,684 9 14,324 13 109,400 4
2002 61,446 8 12,774 14 105,542 4
2003 62,231 8 11,626 18 119,142 3
2004 66,705 7 11,324 19 156,288 4
2005 68,432 8 11,854 20 176,302 4
2006 71,874 8 10,665 25 185,780 5
2007 76,473 8 9,602 26 215,203 5
2008 76,175 8 9,106 30 212,656 5
2009 83,118 7 7,679 27 214,999 5
2010 92,737 6 7,493 30 231,938 5
2011 93,160 7 7,585 29 244,048 4
2012 90,188 8 7,076 32 245,116 4
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     10,115 24 68,965 3
1999     9,752 18 66,609 3
2000     10,674 20 63,472 4
2001     10,644 19 58,239 4
2002     9,222 24 54,118 3
2003 2,320 34 8,623 24 84,494 3
2004 2,234 36 8,029 21 98,691 5
2005 5,233 28 8,517 22 174,762 4
2006 5,121 30 7,399 30 171,930 5
2007 4,951 33 6,381 34 178,851 5
2008 5,776 31 5,955 39 197,190 5
2009 6,311 29 4,674 34 203,609 5
2010 7,647 29 4,191 40 242,927 5
2011 7,062 30 4,084 46 224,503 5
2012 6,949 32 3,725 51 220,158 4
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 6,704 6 4,362 4 16,130 2
1999 6,014 6 4,518 4 17,443 2
2000 5,568 6 5,041 4 17,461 2
2001 5,531 6 4,764 4 15,895 2
2002 5,608 6 5,039 5 12,133 3
2003 5,779 6 2,342 8 22,067 3
2004 6,364 6 1,088 14 37,383 3
2005 6,237 6 789 20 40,688 4
2006 6,077 6 697 25 44,120 3
2007 5,853 8 648 23 47,283 4
2008 5,966 7 380 36 52,428 3
2009 6,490 6 245 36 52,459 2
2010 6,580 7 272 34 54,336 3
2011 6,356 7 237 39 54,706 3
2012 6,177 8 279 38 59,351 3
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 587 22 2,821 10 15,798 2
1999 554 23 2,906 9 16,861 2
2000 635 17 3,145 9 16,935 2
2001 623 19 3,063 9 15,679 2
2002 550 22 3,201 6 12,112 3
2003 798 15 1,649 13 15,279 2
2004 1,542 14 798 20 38,032 3
2005 1,665 15 556 25 41,556 4
2006 1,769 15 508 28 45,074 3
2007 1,690 16 453 29 46,737 3
2008 1,801 16 224 47 49,431 3
2009 1,821 13 119 52 50,533 3
2010 1,823 12 136 44 50,327 4
2011 2,013 14 104 52 54,946 3
2012 2,063 14 122 50 56,357 3
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 3,210 5        
1999 3,548 5        
2000 4,140 5 4,124 2 1,115 2
2001 4,697 5 3,584 2 937 2
2002 5,088 5 3,586 2 869 2
2003 5,173 5 3,304 2 469 3
2004 5,182 4 3,528 2 278 3
2005 5,742 4 3,623 2 233 3
2006 6,256 4 3,833 2 200 3
2007 6,560 5 4,198 2 190 3
2008 7,072 5 4,436 2 232 3
2009 7,237 6 3,761 2 206 3
2010 7,246 6 3,842 3 243 3
2011 7,438 6 4,141 3 241 3
2012 7,851 6 4,100 3 308 3
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES 391 38
ALCATEL LUCENT 346 44
L'OREAL 297 53
PEUGEOT CITROEN AUTOMOBILES SA 263 61
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS) 197 82
RENAULT S.A.S. 163 106
FRANCE TELECOM 161 108
SOCIETE NATIONALE D'ETUDE ET DE CONSTRUCTION DE MOTEURS D'AVIATION 154 112
THOMSON LICENSING 146 120
L AIR LIQUIDE SOCIETE ANONYME POUR L'ETUDE ET L EXPLOITATION D.PROCEDES GEORGES CLAUDE 138 129
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 1,666 4     5,987 5
1999 2,159 4     7,215 5
2000 2,521 4     8,591 5
2001 2,798 3     9,065 5
2002 2,810 4     10,255 5
2003 3,392 4     10,916 5
2004 3,626 5     16,200 4
2005 3,651 5     17,660 5
2006 3,852 4     18,353 5
2007 4,100 4     20,028 4
2008 4,614 4     23,121 4
2009 4,599 4     23,353 4
2010 5,076 4     28,136 4
2011 5,189 4     29,679 4
2012 5,478 4     30,599 4
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.
France 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 France.
France 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 France.
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