World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Singapore

Population (Million): 5.31 (2012) (Rank = 114)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 282.97 (2012) (Rank = 37)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 403 2,378   132.40
1999 451 3,691   140.60
2000 705 6,126   153.31
2001 857 4,308 366 151.54
2002 947 5,570 301 157.91
2003 1,828 8,757 821 165.15
2004 1,967 7,306 1,238 180.27
2005 1,899 9,042 1,152 193.56
2006 2,397 11,967 1,281 210.25
2007 3,728 13,788 1,754 229.21
2008 3,786 14,460 1,559 233.22
2009 3,325 13,645 1,303 231.38
2010 4,229 15,876 1,841 265.58
2011 4,572 19,048 2,136 279.29
2012 4,872 17,340 1,819 282.97
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 311 41 6,367 16 92 34
1999 374 38 6,679 13 77 38
2000 516 38 7,720 14 189 32
2001 523 39 8,133 15 334 30
2002 624 37 7,575 15 323 30
2003 626 38 7,248 15 1,202 22
2004 641 38 7,944 14 1,326 24
2005 569 40 8,036 15 1,330 25
2006 626 39 8,537 14 1,771 24
2007 696 38 9,255 14 3,032 23
2008 793 37 8,899 14 2,993 23
2009 750 40 7,986 14 2,575 24
2010 895 37 8,878 14 3,334 23
2011 1,056 35 8,738 14 3,516 23
2012 1,081 32 8,604 14 3,791 23
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Semiconductors 16.58
Computer technology 11.68
Audio-visual technology 8.72
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 4.98
Measurement 4.89
Telecommunications 3.87
Digital communication 3.83
Biotechnology 3.77
Optics 3.77
Medical technology 3.52
Others 34.39
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 30 62 2,360 17    
1999 48 57 4,362 10 16 41
2000 110 42 4,980 10 144 30
2001 170 38 7,050 8 18 40
2002 243 33 7,097 8    
2003 175 37 4,242 12 584 22
2004 400 28 5,576 10 518 24
2005 555 26 6,975 9 403 28
2006 438 29 6,955 9 557 24
2007 469 27 7,009 10 797 23
2008 501 27 5,785 11 909 23
2009 473 29 5,136 11 1,038 24
2010 369 31 4,073 13 1,480 23
2011 484 30 5,465 10 1,561 23
2012 410 29 5,223 12 1,862 23
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000         1 39
2001         2 39
2002         7 38
2003         7 43
2004            
2005         2 48
2006         5 38
2007         27 28
2008         38 24
2009         37 25
2010         32 28
2011         64 24
2012         83 22
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 2,243 49 10,778 23 135 45
1999 3,477 40 12,276 19 214 43
2000 5,187 36 17,207 13 939 39
2001 3,281 49 13,559 15 1,027 42
2002 3,343 47 11,872 17 2,227 38
2003 4,254 43 12,279 16 4,503 32
2004 4,839 42 13,711 14 2,467 39
2005 5,067 46 16,024 13 3,975 39
2006 4,852 46 17,012 13 7,115 34
2007 5,383 47 18,181 12 8,405 35
2008 4,197 49 14,066 15 10,263 32
2009 4,105 44 11,227 18 9,540 31
2010 4,331 46 13,173 16 11,545 30
2011 4,236 45 14,718 16 14,812 29
2012 4,598 41 15,176 15 12,742 33
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 841 48 9,996 25 113 45
1999 1,935 40 9,678 19 106 42
2000 1,970 38 13,119 10 300 40
2001 2,487 32 16,215 5 218 42
2002 3,388 33 18,960 3 1,021 39
2003 5,735 22 23,175 2 2,392 34
2004 4,063 28 12,771 10 1,509 39
2005 4,154 33 14,472 8 2,469 39
2006 3,865 35 13,750 10 5,260 35
2007 5,437 31 17,995 7 6,404 33
2008 3,533 38 14,204 12 7,175 34
2009 3,647 37 11,015 16 8,747 32
2010 3,298 42 10,396 16 10,399 33
2011 2,831 45 10,897 19 12,450 27
2012 3,368 45 11,775 17 10,845 31
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         122 24
1999            
2000         1 58
2001 231 41 1,366 24 135 26
2002 241 39 1,448 22 60 31
2003 481 31 1,639 15 340 28
2004 693 26 1,578 10 545 35
2005 595 30 1,876 9 557 33
2006 389 40 1,264 13 892 32
2007 512 32 1,275 13 1,242 31
2008 354 40 1,405 13 1,205 33
2009 521 35 1,101 14 782 38
2010 543 33 1,383 14 1,298 32
2011 663 32 1,468 14 1,473 35
2012 601 34 1,559 15 1,218 34
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         1 46
1999            
2000            
2001 131 44 960 26 88 28
2002 230 36 1,257 22 42 32
2003 460 25 1,833 10 231 28
2004 549 25 1,498 9 409 35
2005 693 23 2,075 9 681 32
2006 334 37 1,345 12 747 33
2007 518 30 1,353 13 1,203 30
2008 391 36 1,390 13 887 35
2009 531 28 1,190 13 902 35
2010 480 31 1,292 13 1,148 33
2011 613 29 1,505 11 1,412 33
2012 579 29 1,418 14 1,182 32
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 125 24        
1999 168 25        
2000 222 25 4 48    
2001 289 24 53 30    
2002 330 24 41 35    
2003 283 26 70 34    
2004 433 23 87 32    
2005 450 23 133 29 1 23
2006 474 23 154 30 1 23
2007 519 23 135 33    
2008 586 23 148 34    
2009 593 23 159 32    
2010 641 23 181 28 3 33
2011 661 23 224 26 6 28
2012 708 22 239 28 6 26
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
AGENCY OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH 108 172
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE 54 376
NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY 49 416
MEDIATEK SINGAPORE PTE. LTD. 45 451
CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY LTD 21 924
SIEMENS MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS PTE. LTD. 19 1024
DH TECHNOLOGIES DEVELOPMENT PTE. LTD. 13 1440
SIEMENS PTE. LTD. 11 1656
NANYANG POLYTECHNIC 9 1978
MANAGED PRESSURE OPERATIONS PTE LTD 8 2207
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     3,604 10 86 27
1999     4,105 10 68 31
2000     5,074 10 122 28
2001     5,470 11 234 24
2002     5,851 11 252 27
2003 124 20 5,550 11 235 27
2004 132 22 5,582 11 413 29
2005 134 22 5,994 12 372 29
2006 222 20 6,700 12 534 29
2007 241 21 7,173 12 1,237 23
2008 258 22 7,064 12 1,245 24
2009 240 22 6,015 12 1,027 24
2010 297 21 6,629 12 1,548 23
2011 312 22 6,414 12 1,662 22
2012 304 23 6,366 12 1,809 23
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.
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