World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Netherlands

Population (Million): 16.77 (2012) (Rank = 62)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 613.69 (2012) (Rank = 20)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 16,769 24,451   493.10
1999 17,809 24,275   516.20
2000 20,204 34,138   536.54
2001 22,595 25,030   546.88
2002 23,593 23,500   547.29
2003 23,825 42,319 8,612 549.13
2004 32,987 59,248 20,035 561.41
2005 37,374 52,190 21,119 572.90
2006 36,701 61,169 20,949 592.35
2007 36,255 125,816 22,823 615.57
2008 37,232 121,594 25,871 626.67
2009 34,682 137,444 26,261 603.69
2010 33,405 135,783 24,866 613.53
2011 33,528 141,723 25,561 619.62
2012 31,018 141,892 27,117 613.69
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 5,955 9 549 42 10,814 8
1999 6,382 10 506 46 11,427 7
2000 6,900 10 529 50 13,304 7
2001 7,481 9 543 47 15,114 6
2002 7,176 9 481 46 16,417 7
2003 8,747 9 573 45 15,078 8
2004 9,161 9 556 39 23,826 6
2005 10,016 9 633 37 27,358 6
2006 9,496 9 548 41 27,205 6
2007 9,079 10 367 45 27,176 8
2008 9,712 10 311 48 27,520 8
2009 9,316 10 279 46 25,366 8
2010 8,484 11 240 51 24,921 8
2011 8,195 11 310 48 25,333 8
2012 7,443 13 338 42 23,575 9
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Audio-visual technology 9.99
Computer technology 7.08
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 5.78
Medical technology 4.77
Measurement 4.55
Optics 4.33
Basic materials chemistry 4.16
Organic fine chemistry 4.05
Semiconductors 4.04
Civil engineering 3.88
Others 47.37
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 3,225 9 944 27 5,474 8
1999 3,244 9 803 29 5,830 8
2000 3,082 11 676 31 5,821 8
2001 3,261 10 770 33 5,721 8
2002 3,384 10 760 31 5,673 8
2003 3,519 11 769 30 7,399 8
2004 3,585 10 482 33 7,797 8
2005 3,323 10 569 30 7,750 8
2006 3,725 11 555 33 9,220 8
2007 3,615 11 524 31 9,766 8
2008 3,679 10 315 40 10,166 8
2009 3,238 11 305 38 10,644 8
2010 3,322 11 350 35 11,012 8
2011 3,586 11 275 41 11,487 8
2012 3,358 11 242 41 12,671 8
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004 14,078 22
2005 14,091 21
2006 14,211 20
2007 16,532 22
2008 18,588 23
2009 16,262 27
2010    
2011 12,713 29
2012 12,753 28
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         119 11
1999         154 11
2000         118 13
2001         119 10
2002         224 10
2003         266 10
2004         123 11
2005         122 13
2006         145 8
2007         95 14
2008         137 12
2009         155 12
2010         163 11
2011         128 19
2012         191 15
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 877 60     23,574 9
1999 994 59     23,281 9
2000 1,518 61     32,620 9
2001 1,106 63     23,924 10
2002 1,055 67     22,445 10
2003 2,375 53     39,944 9
2004 2,074 57     57,174 9
2005 1,836 63     50,354 9
2006 2,122 60     59,047 9
2007 19,490 21     106,326 8
2008 18,209 21     103,385 8
2009 17,589 21     119,855 7
2010 17,642 22     118,141 8
2011 18,283 22     123,440 8
2012 17,264 24     124,628 8
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         9,361 11
1999         7,462 12
2000         6,578 13
2001         6,474 11
2002         7,118 10
2003 846 48     17,382 10
2004 919 49     26,708 9
2005 2,233 44     58,330 9
2006 1,768 44     47,862 9
2007 1,931 45     56,600 9
2008 15,755 16     94,926 8
2009 14,796 16     100,597 8
2010 15,615 16     128,346 8
2011 15,454 17     110,324 8
2012 14,745 18     108,659 8
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         1,571 9
1999         1,881 9
2000         1,644 8
2001         1,603 9
2002         730 11
2003 496 30     8,116 9
2004 986 21     19,049 8
2005 1,017 20     20,102 9
2006 1,040 24     19,909 9
2007 1,009 24     21,814 9
2008 1,088 25     24,783 9
2009 1,154 23     25,107 9
2010 1,108 24     23,758 9
2011 1,125 22     24,436 10
2012 939 27     26,178 9
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         1,361 8
1999         1,414 8
2000         1,550 8
2001         1,409 8
2002         631 10
2003 257 35     4,660 9
2004 1,128 17     19,068 8
2005 1,193 19     22,630 8
2006 1,047 19     19,801 9
2007 998 21     20,944 9
2008 1,093 21     23,737 8
2009 1,116 16     24,636 8
2010 1,120 18     24,660 8
2011 1,082 18     23,442 10
2012 911 21     25,310 9
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 2,039 7        
1999 2,440 7        
2000 2,933 7 2,102 4 361 5
2001 3,409 7 1,774 5 336 5
2002 3,981 6 1,564 5 343 5
2003 4,479 6 1,353 5 169 4
2004 4,284 6 1,610 6 98 4
2005 4,498 7 1,577 6 77 4
2006 4,553 7 1,804 6 85 4
2007 4,433 8 1,620 7 88 4
2008 4,363 8 1,819 6 85 4
2009 4,462 8 1,361 8 115 5
2010 4,063 8 1,364 9 178 5
2011 3,503 9 1,377 10 128 6
2012 4,071 9 1,272 10 151 5
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. 1,230 9
DSM IP ASSETS B.V. 193 83
SHELL INTERNATIONALE RESEARCH MAATSCHAPPIJ B.V. 127 138
UNILEVER N.V. 98 189
SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS IP B.V. 85 232
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST- NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO 66 294
AKZO NOBEL CHEMICALS INTERNATIONAL B.V. 63 315
N.V. NUTRICIA 42 490
ASML NETHERLANDS B.V. 38 537
GECO TECHNOLOGY B.V. 38 537
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 1,402 6     3,802 7
1999 1,592 6     4,499 7
2000 1,844 5     5,794 7
2001 2,332 5     7,037 6
2002 1,387 7     8,003 6
2003 2,798 5     6,854 6
2004 3,215 6     15,561 5
2005 3,657 4     18,987 4
2006 3,523 5     18,727 4
2007 3,230 6     18,609 5
2008 3,333 6     19,321 6
2009 3,247 6     17,492 7
2010 2,889 6     17,924 7
2011 2,927 6     18,592 7
2012 2,652 7     17,215 7
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.
Netherlands is a member of the European Patent Convention from 1978. 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 Netherlands.
Netherlands is a member of the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP). Trademark and industrial design filings by residents of this country at the BOIP are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office; filings by other nationals at the BOIP are considered non-resident filings via regional office for Netherlands.
Netherlands 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 Netherlands.
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