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Statistical Country Profiles

Liechtenstein

Population (Million): 0.04 (2012) (Rank = 194)

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IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998        
1999   3,234 403  
2000        
2001   3,136 713  
2002   3,172    
2003        
2004        
2005   5,371 1,026  
2006        
2007   7,196 1,203  
2008   9,012    
2009        
2010        
2011        
2012        
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 141 57     563 23
1999 145 53     586 25
2000 154 55     694 24
2001 176 56     750 25
2002 157 57     731 25
2003 147 61     703 26
2004 146 59     698 31
2005 152 61     657 30
2006 167 61     697 31
2007 237 56     855 32
2008 230 55     814 32
2009 222 55     686 33
2010 290 49     1,415 27
2011 221 53     953 32
2012 197 52     832 38
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Machine tools 22.14
Mechanical elements 10.95
Pharmaceuticals 9.12
Medical technology 6.22
Civil engineering 5.82
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 5.30
Transport 4.79
Measurement 3.95
Surface technology, coating 3.76
Other special machines 3.70
Others 24.25
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 76 49     306 24
1999 74 52     366 23
2000 38 57     284 25
2001 59 52     342 24
2002 69 51     314 27
2003 128 39     399 29
2004 104 42     358 28
2005 101 48     453 26
2006 134 47     485 26
2007 111 47     373 31
2008 131 45     451 30
2009 114 50     436 30
2010 116 48     442 32
2011 129 43     422 33
2012 120 44     423 33
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         29 19
1999         10 29
2000         22 24
2001         24 21
2002         17 28
2003         25 29
2004         17 25
2005         11 31
2006         24 26
2007         17 33
2008         29 28
2009         28 27
2010         16 36
2011         21 35
2012         29 32
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     4,521 56 3,071 28
1999 139 94 4,763 53 3,095 27
2000     5,060 59 3,739 29
2001 157 99 5,150 56 2,979 35
2002 181 98 3,855 63 2,991 33
2003     3,328 67 3,193 38
2004 1 119 3,252 69 4,529 34
2005 200 101 4,078 67 5,171 35
2006     3,907 73 5,818 37
2007 305 94 3,923 76 6,891 39
2008 205 93 4,319 63 8,807 36
2009 1 92 3,020 66 5,292 43
2010 1 96 2,677 70 5,332 44
2011 1 110 2,629 69 5,913 42
2012     2,483 76 4,395 51
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     4,521 54 2,537 25
1999 138 76 4,763 48 2,618 24
2000     5,060 50 2,672 24
2001 147 77 5,122 48 2,002 24
2002 177 74 3,842 56 2,375 24
2003     3,328 56 2,882 30
2004 1 94 3,252 56 2,804 36
2005 195 80 4,129 55 4,480 35
2006     3,907 56 5,559 32
2007 297 77 3,919 57 6,072 34
2008 200 80 4,318 57 7,425 33
2009 1 83 3,020 59 5,964 40
2010 1 88 2,655 61 4,933 43
2011 1 93 2,604 69 5,486 43
2012     2,465 70 4,267 49
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 12 66 1,184 26 239 20
1999 21 67 1,147 25 382 17
2000 26 67 1,314 25 460 16
2001 33 67 1,182 26 680 16
2002 15 74 1,087 26 563 13
2003 9 77 718 34 504 25
2004 9 80 452 41 825 28
2005 16 77 406 41 1,010 29
2006 7 81 373 42 846 33
2007 7 81 442 34 1,196 32
2008 6 81 393 34 1,258 32
2009 1 80 300 31 880 36
2010 5 85 300 30 1,109 35
2011 5 93 293 32 1,157 38
2012 9 85 342 33 1,078 39
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 12 58 1,184 24 227 16
1999 21 53 1,147 25 392 16
2000 26 58 1,314 22 481 14
2001 32 61 1,182 24 628 15
2002 15 65 1,087 26 520 13
2003 9 68 718 31 403 25
2004 9 66 452 37 830 28
2005 16 68 406 38 891 30
2006 7 75 373 40 1,024 28
2007 7 69 442 32 1,130 31
2008 6 72 393 31 1,073 33
2009 1 75 300 28 969 34
2010 5 77 300 27 1,031 35
2011 5 78 293 32 1,188 37
2012 9 73 342 29 1,026 37
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 45 33        
1999 55 32        
2000 64 35 110 23 30 10
2001 48 38 111 24 36 9
2002 53 38 127 26 19 11
2003 55 40 90 30 9 13
2004 48 41 92 31 8 11
2005 73 36 104 31 6 10
2006 76 38 136 32 10 9
2007 68 41 154 32 5 13
2008 371 28 201 29 11 14
2009 55 43 124 33 18 10
2010 73 42 87 38 19 15
2011 86 42 111 38 25 15
2012 102 41 79 42 17 21
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT 31 653
HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT 21 924
OC OERLIKON BALZERS AG 6 2848
INTERSURGICAL AG 4 4061
LYSANDO HOLDING AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT 3 5220
BIOMED EST. 1 12086
MILBORO AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT 1 12086
PROCEDO ENTERPRISES ETABLISSEMENT 1 12086
SANBO INTERNATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT 1 12086
SCAMBIA INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS AG 1 12086
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 31 19     74 29
1999 33 17     71 30
2000 35 20     95 30
2001 38 21     87 31
2002 39 21     96 31
2003 28 26     82 33
2004 47 28     225 33
2005 44 29     270 32
2006 48 30     196 35
2007 52 31     237 36
2008 53 31     180 41
2009 44 36     211 40
2010 152 26     858 28
2011 44 35     237 40
2012 47 35     218 41
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.
Liechtenstein is a member of the European Patent Convention from 1980. 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 Liechtenstein.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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