World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Iceland

Population (Million): 0.32 (2012) (Rank = 172)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 10.89 (2012) (Rank = 132)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 54 440 18 7.73
1999 49 733 26 8.05
2000 68 971 22 8.40
2001 70 434 14 8.73
2002 145 503 16 8.74
2003 133 617 28 8.95
2004 182 1,056 96 9.65
2005 186   151 10.35
2006 216 2,427 80 10.84
2007 361 4,930 107 11.49
2008 282 6,751 191 11.63
2009 425 2,309 154 10.86
2010 346 2,131 320 10.42
2011 325 1,873 347 10.72
2012 320 2,531 203 10.89
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 41 71 254 52 13 58
1999 35 76 357 52 14 60
2000 51 72 825 42 17 63
2001 49 76 713 40 21 58
2002 71 67 379 49 74 44
2003 57 69 748 37 76 58
2004 66 69 463 43 116 51
2005 75 71 545 41 111 52
2006 88 70 326 52 128 49
2007 98 69 53 78 263 45
2008 87 67 31 83 195 51
2009 111 65 22 79 314 44
2010 109 70 19 80 237 47
2011 96 68 21 82 229 51
2012 87 67 7 89 233 53
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Medical technology 18.91
Pharmaceuticals 13.41
Biotechnology 12.31
Other special machines 9.57
Organic fine chemistry 7.24
Measurement 5.07
Computer technology 4.14
Chemical engineering 3.01
Food chemistry 2.20
Handling 2.04
Others 22.10
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 4 79 31 71    
1999 6 76 21 81 1 45
2000 2 78 14 80    
2001 5 78 37 68    
2002 2 84 40 69 1 58
2003 2 82 78 62 59 50
2004 5 74 64 63 29 52
2005 29 62 90 58 42 50
2006 13 74 106 57 57 46
2007 22 66 127 52 82 47
2008 19 69 157 54 82 49
2009 14 69 75 61 87 49
2010 13 71 132 51 66 54
2011 28 67 61 63 96 48
2012 15 68 44 66 96 50
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004 306 52
2005 349 47
2006 506 43
2007 655 43
2008 1,031 47
2009    
2010 1,892 48
2011 2,632 49
2012 3,327 43
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002         6 41
2003         4 47
2004            
2005         1 60
2006            
2007         3 56
2008            
2009            
2010            
2011         1 79
2012         2 72
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 440 79 4,475 57    
1999 719 68 5,519 48 14 70
2000 960 69 6,416 48 11 74
2001 359 85 3,612 69 75 77
2002 362 84 3,120 70 141 75
2003 458 80 2,848 73 159 93
2004 516 81 2,957 75 540 59
2005     2,967 82 519 63
2006 614 82 4,114 70 1,813 57
2007 735 79 3,941 75 4,195 48
2008 550 81 4,047 66 6,201 42
2009 486 78 3,088 64 1,823 60
2010 634 81 2,887 66 1,497 69
2011 691 75 3,011 64 1,182 76
2012 667 74 2,988 65 1,864 67
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 369 63 4,473 55 1 86
1999 465 57 5,024 44 3 73
2000 659 53 5,793 43 9 65
2001 411 59 3,253 60 10 71
2002 295 65 3,018 63 38 79
2003 353 63 2,760 63 116 84
2004 484 60 2,787 62 247 62
2005     2,816 68 378 63
2006 480 66 3,877 57 1,678 55
2007 630 61 3,783 62 3,220 48
2008 555 67 3,902 59 5,660 39
2009 387 70 2,913 60 1,595 63
2010 546 74 2,813 59 1,347 71
2011 575 72 2,794 66 1,200 70
2012 625 70 2,793 62 1,623 62
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 18 63 15 73    
1999 24 65 8 82 2 49
2000 22 69 15 79    
2001 13 75 11 85 1 89
2002 16 72 12 77    
2003 13 75 22 80 15 70
2004 19 77 26 83 77 57
2005 25 72 77 66 126 55
2006 30 71 42 72 50 66
2007 15 75 63 69 92 60
2008 21 73 132 56 170 49
2009 41 65 76 56 113 56
2010 46 66 92 56 274 47
2011 37 72 87 60 310 51
2012 31 72 95 60 172 62
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 16 56 17 63    
1999 21 53 8 76 1 47
2000 22 60 10 77    
2001 16 65 15 72 11 54
2002 14 66 8 77    
2003 13 63 14 70 17 57
2004 20 62 47 68    
2005 26 58 72 62 131 53
2006 27 66 35 72 76 59
2007 18 65 65 65 84 60
2008 23 66 125 56 117 54
2009 35 58 78 54 56 67
2010 47 61 89 53 192 48
2011 38 63 87 56 303 47
2012 30 65 94 57 166 57
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 13 44        
1999 16 45        
2000 24 42 30 32    
2001 38 42 5 51    
2002 39 40 4 51    
2003 58 38 7 54    
2004 46 42 33 43    
2005 45 42 39 44    
2006 55 42 92 39    
2007 51 43 109 35    
2008 66 41 101 36 3 27
2009 58 42 21 52 3 27
2010 57 44 31 53 6 26
2011 43 47 44 48 9 25
2012 43 49 121 35 3 30
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
OSSUR HF 11 1656
DECODE GENETICS EHF. 8 2207
ACTAVIS GROUP PTC EHF 6 2848
COOORI EHF 1 12086
HAMPIDJAN HF. 1 12086
HANANJA EHF 1 12086
HANNIBAL 1 12086
HASKOLI ISLANDS 1 12086
MINT SOLUTIONS EHF 1 12086
MTT EHF. 1 12086
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     237 24 12 40
1999     326 25 14 43
2000     405 27 13 50
2001     348 28 15 47
2002         72 34
2003     376 29 19 50
2004 17 35 448 30 80 43
2005 36 33 535 27 62 47
2006 43 31 325 26 79 42
2007 36 36 49 43 167 40
2008 36 38 25 48 163 43
2009 46 35 15 45 235 38
2010 39 37 12 58 157 44
2011 36 37 15 57 152 45
2012 33 38 7 65 145 45
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.
Iceland is a member of the European Patent Convention from 2005. 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 Iceland.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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