World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Saudi Arabia

Population (Million): 28.29 (2012) (Rank = 45)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 773.56 (2012) (Rank = 18)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 47     386.26
1999 85     383.37
2000 96     402.02
2001 77     404.22
2002 91     404.73
2003 161     438.28
2004 179     476.06
2005 236     510.60
2006 260     539.07
2007 502     571.38
2008       619.53
2009       630.86
2010 923     677.76
2011 1,107   251 735.85
2012       773.57
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 45 68 1,286 33 2 79
1999 72 63 1,144 36 13 62
2000 76 62 797 43 20 58
2001 46 77 683 43 31 50
2002 61 68 552 45 30 55
2003 56 71 487 47 105 51
2004 81 65 395 48 98 55
2005 119 65 374 50 117 51
2006 119 66 419 45 141 46
2007 128 65 642 40 374 41
2008         419 42
2009         527 36
2010 288 51 643 39 635 38
2011 347 46 643 39 760 37
2012         1,057 31
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Chemical engineering 13.24
Organic fine chemistry 12.65
Basic materials chemistry 8.99
Macromolecular chemistry, polymers 8.78
Measurement 7.47
Computer technology 6.94
Civil engineering 6.38
Environmental technology 4.13
Materials, metallurgy 3.02
Medical technology 2.28
Others 26.12
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 2 81 1 86    
1999 2 84 14 84    
2000 2 78 6 83    
2001     10 85    
2002 2 84 23 74    
2003 2 82 23 75 39 55
2004 2 77 172 48 47 46
2005 11 70 214 45 31 53
2006 42 66 1,002 27 31 52
2007 17 71 257 41 55 54
2008         70 52
2009         124 47
2010 19 68 175 47 196 39
2011 17 71 235 43 212 40
2012         339 37
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004    
2005    
2006    
2007    
2008    
2009    
2010 193 73
2011 1,933 51
2012    
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002         2 55
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007         1 67
2008            
2009            
2010         1 71
2011         5 55
2012            
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         9 69
1999         28 62
2000         11 74
2001         5 106
2002         22 109
2003         357 73
2004         189 77
2005         143 83
2006         1,024 62
2007         2,070 60
2008         1,592 64
2009         1,661 62
2010         2,082 60
2011         2,439 60
2012         2,327 61
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         14 64
1999         2 77
2000         5 71
2001         10 71
2002         32 82
2003         144 79
2004         34 90
2005         68 89
2006         773 64
2007         980 63
2008         1,844 59
2009         2,075 58
2010         2,001 59
2011         2,137 58
2012         2,081 60
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001         2 84
2002         14 52
2003         2 84
2004         1 92
2005         3 90
2006         1 95
2007         36 72
2008         46 68
2009            
2010         5 92
2011 246 46 506 25 5 100
2012         180 61
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001         1 84
2002         5 56
2003         9 68
2004            
2005            
2006         1 88
2007         99 58
2008         96 57
2009         45 72
2010 98 50 313 26 4 93
2011 62 57 395 24 7 87
2012         174 56
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 3 64        
1999 8 51        
2000 6 55        
2001 11 53        
2002 10 57        
2003 28 46        
2004 30 45 2 65    
2005 38 43        
2006 53 43        
2007 45 44 1 81    
2008 60 42 2 77    
2009 70 40 3 75    
2010 81 41 1 94    
2011 147 34        
2012 293 29        
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
SAUDI ARABIAN OIL CO. 107 174
KING SAUD UNIVERSITY 20 971
KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 15 1265
SAUDI BASIC INDUSTRIES CORP. 12 1540
KING FAISAL SPECIALIST HOSPITAL & RESEARCH CENTRE 3 5220
INTEL CORPORATION 2 7182
ISP INVESTMENTS INC. 2 7182
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY 1 12086
ABENGOA BIOENERGY NEW TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 1 12086
CHELSEA THERAPEUTICS, INC. 1 12086
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999         1 72
2000         2 71
2001         6 56
2002         12 55
2003         11 61
2004         16 59
2005         28 55
2006         36 55
2007         248 35
2008         227 38
2009         293 34
2010         263 38
2011         321 36
2012         267 39
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.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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