World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Ireland

Population (Million): 4.59 (2012) (Rank = 118)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 168.66 (2012) (Rank = 53)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 2,155 6,431 288  
1999 2,095 9,026 304  
2000 2,129 12,733 237 126.40
2001 2,357 9,368 213 133.09
2002 2,310 8,800 109 140.60
2003 2,295 9,849 885 146.06
2004 3,020 16,574 1,273 152.43
2005 3,097 15,633 1,642 161.39
2006 3,335 21,856 1,585 170.11
2007 4,317 25,232 1,693 179.37
2008 4,381 25,622 1,961 175.59
2009 4,372 24,690 2,106 166.01
2010 4,103 27,747 2,284 164.74
2011 4,189 27,177 2,228 167.09
2012 4,271 27,223 2,321 168.66
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 1,167 29 123 66 988 20
1999 1,158 28 118 74 937 20
2000 1,137 28 155 70 992 21
2001 1,276 26 150 72 1,081 21
2002 1,152 29 68 77 1,158 22
2003 1,132 28 77 77 1,163 23
2004 1,113 29 58 80 1,907 23
2005 1,100 31 75 75 1,997 23
2006 1,184 31 97 74 2,151 23
2007 1,262 30 78 73 3,055 22
2008 1,415 29 76 73 2,966 24
2009 1,398 30 53 69 2,974 23
2010 1,248 32 59 67 2,855 24
2011 1,089 32 67 71 3,100 24
2012 1,059 33 63 65 3,212 24
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Pharmaceuticals 13.83
Medical technology 10.63
Computer technology 7.90
Civil engineering 5.23
Organic fine chemistry 5.16
Other special machines 3.81
Digital communication 3.43
Biotechnology 3.42
IT methods for management 3.37
Furniture, games 3.35
Others 39.87
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 419 28 233 47 458 21
1999 259 32 106 58 516 20
2000 39 56     495 20
2001 430 29 174 52 431 21
2002 445 27 166 50 562 20
2003 459 29 251 46 747 20
2004 441 26 170 49 656 23
2005 359 31 106 55 628 23
2006 407 31 71 62 668 23
2007 387 30 53 62 686 24
2008 385 30 56 68 900 24
2009 396 34 77 60 1,042 23
2010 361 32 32 69 1,304 24
2011 376 34 55 65 1,493 24
2012 322 33 58 63 1,712 24
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004    
2005    
2006    
2007 70,166 11
2008 78,816 12
2009 78,916 13
2010 79,040 15
2011 88,044 14
2012 96,583 14
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         6 31
1999         42 20
2000         7 33
2001         12 27
2002         35 24
2003         30 25
2004         15 27
2005         10 32
2006         5 38
2007         12 37
2008         11 37
2009         10 43
2010         11 39
2011         20 37
2012         9 46
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 1,328 57 3,871 64 5,103 18
1999 1,559 55 3,395 69 7,467 17
2000 1,898 58 3,523 70 10,835 17
2001 1,402 61 3,038 77 7,966 19
2002 1,596 59 4,577 58 7,204 21
2003 1,762 60 4,899 59 8,087 20
2004 1,928 60 4,978 58 14,646 19
2005 1,985 61 4,819 58 13,648 21
2006 2,442 58 4,308 66 19,414 19
2007 2,669 59 4,013 72 22,563 19
2008 2,538 58 3,433 77 23,084 19
2009 2,362 54 2,522 74 22,328 21
2010 2,371 58 2,198 85 25,376 21
2011 2,300 54 2,108 84 24,877 22
2012 2,443 51 1,888 86 24,780 25
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 524 56 2,777 69 773 37
1999 837 48 4,627 49 578 37
2000 1,371 43 5,893 42 788 37
2001 704 53 2,652 68 950 34
2002 826 50 6,600 36 1,074 38
2003 1,273 42 5,474 42 5,320 22
2004 1,505 42 4,848 43 9,849 17
2005 1,556 48 4,632 48 14,198 18
2006 1,496 47 3,855 59 13,417 21
2007 1,716 46 3,509 66 17,584 19
2008 2,062 47 3,232 71 20,045 20
2009 1,890 47 2,314 73 21,500 19
2010 2,118 48 2,046 77 28,446 20
2011 1,824 52 1,733 85 22,640 22
2012 1,690 51 1,703 86 20,562 25
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 126 46 420 46 162 22
1999 227 37 430 43 77 29
2000 147 48 411 47 90 27
2001 123 51 291 55 90 30
2002 70 56 344 49 39 36
2003 159 46 160 54 726 22
2004 113 58 62 71 1,160 25
2005 104 55 17 86 1,538 25
2006 97 59 15 85 1,488 24
2007 137 51 17 90 1,556 27
2008 125 51 12 96 1,836 26
2009 143 49 5 101 1,963 26
2010 126 51 9 98 2,158 26
2011 151 51 12 96 2,077 28
2012 239 47 25 89 2,082 30
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 86 42 365 46 73 27
1999 159 35 417 38 85 26
2000 194 34 402 43 68 28
2001 133 43 392 44 73 29
2002 45 53 230 54 22 39
2003 113 44 385 45 475 21
2004 153 42 140 55 1,193 24
2005 111 46 116 57 1,410 25
2006 103 52 47 63 1,581 24
2007 110 46 14 81 1,561 26
2008 140 44 23 79 1,691 27
2009 130 42 4 98 1,681 26
2010 118 48 9 95 2,169 25
2011 167 45 14 89 1,841 29
2012 214 45 13 96 2,029 29
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 157 23        
1999 184 24        
2000 243 24 3 49    
2001 243 26 5 51    
2002 310 25 26 40    
2003 312 24 13 46    
2004 326 26 54 40    
2005 343 26 73 40    
2006 428 24 59 41    
2007 422 24 99 38    
2008 481 24 67 43    
2009 482 25 105 34    
2010 443 26 101 35 1 37
2011 415 26 130 35 1 39
2012 391 26 121 35 3 30
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
SKYPE 24 817
DIGITALOPTICS CORPORATION EUROPE LIMITED 13 1440
SKYPE LIMITED 12 1540
COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN 10 1799
DEPUY (IRELAND) LIMITED 10 1799
ELEMENT SIX LIMITED 9 1978
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK 9 1978
ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED 8 2207
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY 8 2207
JANSSEN R & D IRELAND 7 2485
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 106 15     391 18
1999 79 15     200 22
2000 99 15     283 24
2001 133 16     367 22
2002 137 16     450 20
2003 160 17     456 22
2004 220 20     1,095 22
2005 189 20     1,179 22
2006 208 21     1,184 22
2007 270 19     2,009 21
2008 295 21     1,754 22
2009 301 21     1,782 22
2010 271 22     1,458 24
2011 330 21     1,501 23
2012 310 22     1,474 24
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.
Ireland is a member of the European Patent Convention from 1992. 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 Ireland.
Ireland 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 Ireland.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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