World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Malawi

Population (Million): 15.91 (2012) (Rank = 64)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 12.36 (2012) (Rank = 130)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 2 87 12 7.19
1999 1 88 5 7.40
2000 3 105 14 7.52
2001   146 7 7.15
2002   138 10 7.27
2003     6 7.67
2004       8.04
2005       8.27
2006   222   8.44
2007       9.24
2008       10.01
2009       10.92
2010       11.63
2011       12.13
2012       12.36
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 2 93 18 82    
1999 1 100        
2000 3 98 17 92    
2001     313 54    
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2004         2 125
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Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     4 81    
1999     6 94    
2000 1 81        
2001     62 65    
2002     2 92    
2003     2 88    
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2010         1 122
2011         1 120
2012         1 125
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
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2008 1,183 43
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Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
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2008     1 47    
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Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 87 95 495 108    
1999 88 101 577 111    
2000 105 97 618 113    
2001 146 101 515 117    
2002 138 102 440 118    
2003         1 163
2004         1 145
2005         4 136
2006 222 100 582 117    
2007            
2008         1 164
2009            
2010         4 169
2011         11 171
2012         12 174
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 45 83 275 103    
1999 42 89 254 108    
2000 24 88 208 108    
2001 51 85 588 98    
2002 81 83 367 110    
2003         1 148
2004            
2005         4 123
2006 96 84 274 108    
2007            
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2010         1 176
2011         2 174
2012         2 179
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 12 66 21 71    
1999 5 74 9 79    
2000 14 72 4 88    
2001 7 80 17 78    
2002 10 78 12 77    
2003 5 84 5 95 1 95
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Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     2 82    
1999     5 78    
2000 11 64 14 74    
2001 2 76 3 91    
2002 3 75 9 75    
2003 7 71 6 78    
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International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
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PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     16 41    
1999            
2000     16 46    
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2004         1 93
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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.
Malawi is a member of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO). Patent filings by residents of this country at ARIPO are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office. Due to lack of information on designation, filings by other nationals at ARIPO are not counted as non-resident filings for Malawi.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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