World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Malta

Population (Million): 0.42 (2012) (Rank = 167)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 9.71 (2012) (Rank = 137)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 15 246 2 7.26
1999 13 255 8 7.60
2000 30 236 7 8.12
2001 28 516 9 7.99
2002 25 494 10 8.22
2003   800   8.23
2004   1,086   8.19
2005   1,183   8.49
2006   2,243   8.68
2007 130 2,344 171 9.05
2008 149 3,166 85 9.44
2009 262 3,976 166 9.19
2010 155 4,239 59 9.44
2011 277 5,010 198 9.61
2012 259 7,645 263 9.71
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 8 85 26 80 7 65
1999 11 84 72 80 2 79
2000 23 81 93 80 7 71
2001 26 80 107 75 2 86
2002 22 80 180 66 3 86
2003         30 73
2004     471 42 17 87
2005         28 80
2006     805 34 46 60
2007 33 80 29 81 97 62
2008 41 76 34 82 108 59
2009 70 69 21 81 192 50
2010 43 76 7 89 112 60
2011 41 75 6 97 236 50
2012 31 80 6 90 228 54
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Pharmaceuticals 14.04
Civil engineering 11.48
Organic fine chemistry 7.46
Handling 6.74
Measurement 5.86
Machine tools 5.70
Other consumer goods 4.90
Furniture, games 4.25
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 4.09
Surface technology, coating 3.61
Others 31.87
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 7 74 21 75    
1999 10 73 25 78    
2000 21 62 68 66    
2001 19 65 78 63    
2002 18 66 107 56    
2003         25 62
2004     298 38 7 70
2005         4 75
2006     653 29 9 66
2007 10 75 313 36 19 70
2008 13 73 296 42 31 68
2009 22 66 24 68 46 60
2010 18 70 4 82 59 55
2011 25 69 1 88 69 54
2012 29 65 5 85 89 51
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004 1,254 38
2005    
2006 2,357 32
2007 2,260 34
2008 1,667 36
2009 863 47
2010 832 57
2011 432 64
2012 615 60
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002         1 62
2003            
2004         2 49
2005         6 38
2006            
2007         2 62
2008         2 61
2009         3 60
2010         1 71
2011         1 79
2012         1 82
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 239 85 1,366 93 7 73
1999 253 84 1,225 97 2 89
2000 232 91 1,401 101 4 88
2001 393 83 2,523 84 123 70
2002 416 80 1,817 91 78 86
2003 454 81 3,211 70 346 74
2004 406 86 1,200 100 680 53
2005 433 86 1,271 104 750 59
2006 523 85 859 112 1,720 59
2007 489 88 788 115 1,855 61
2008 594 78 733 114 2,572 58
2009 570 76 465 113 3,406 45
2010 577 83 415 118 3,662 53
2011 581 77 399 117 4,429 50
2012 643 75 382 113 7,002 41
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 227 71 1,037 86 2 79
1999 221 71 1,227 84 4 68
2000 150 74 938 94 1 89
2001 298 67 2,232 76 6 74
2002 311 61 1,852 73 16 92
2003         99 87
2004 8 92     207 65
2005 17 94     419 61
2006 41 92     1,007 62
2007 396 71 723 102 1,708 58
2008 553 68 929 98 1,374 63
2009 479 66 539 103 1,982 59
2010 432 76 379 111 3,241 53
2011 550 73 422 112 3,531 50
2012 473 73 445 110 4,349 48
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 2 80 12 76    
1999 8 70 16 74    
2000 7 78 27 73    
2001 5 83 6 97 4 77
2002 10 78 7 84    
2003         55 52
2004     34 78 2 86
2005 1 94     25 85
2006 3 88     73 61
2007 37 69 2 105 134 54
2008 4 85 1 108 81 62
2009 9 75     157 51
2010 6 83     53 70
2011 14 80 1 108 184 56
2012 22 75     241 56
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 35 52 13 67    
1999 7 60 25 61    
2000 5 69 19 71    
2001 4 72 5 83    
2002 3 75        
2003         46 45
2004     34 75    
2005         4 89
2006 3 79 5 92 73 63
2007 38 58 2 97 111 56
2008 5 75     113 55
2009 8 68     132 53
2010 5 77     27 76
2011 11 77 1 106 156 54
2012 19 69     211 53
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998            
1999 4 62        
2000 3 68        
2001 7 63 3 56    
2002 6 66        
2003 5 70        
2004 3 80 2 65    
2005 11 60 2 76    
2006 17 57 6 65    
2007 16 62 5 66    
2008 25 53 15 54    
2009 32 49 15 54    
2010 21 56 8 65    
2011 19 60 4 73    
2012 18 61 28 54    
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
FLOORING TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED 3 5220
LEGACY HEALTHCARE HOLDING LTD. 3 5220
MAT MALTA ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED 2 7182
ADVANCE HOLDINGS LIMITED 1 12086
AMH MALTA HOLDING LTD. 1 12086
BIOMIMETICS HEALTH INDUSTRIES LIMITED 1 12086
CRAJ DEVELOPMENT LIMITED 1 12086
DIMEX LIMITED 1 12086
ELECTRONIC SHIPPING SOLUTIONS LIMITED 1 12086
INPECO IP LTD. 1 12086
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         6 48
1999         2 64
2000         6 55
2001         2 70
2002         3 70
2003         10 63
2004         5 77
2005         1 89
2006         9 67
2007 8 43     43 59
2008 8 47     46 59
2009 22 39     116 48
2010 13 43     67 55
2011 21 42     184 43
2012 10 48     142 46
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.
Malta is a member of the European Patent Convention from 2007. 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 Malta.
Malta 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 Malta.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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