World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Sierra Leone

Population (Million): 5.98 (2012) (Rank = 109)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 7 (2012) (Rank = 139)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998       2.94
1999       2.88
2000       3.08
2001       2.86
2002       3.61
2003       3.94
2004       4.20
2005       4.38
2006       4.63
2007       5.00
2008       5.27
2009       5.44
2010       5.73
2011       6.08
2012       7.00
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001         2 86
2002            
2003         4 113
2004         4 113
2005         2 126
2006         1 125
2007         1 135
2008            
2009            
2010            
2011         2 145
2012         1 155
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Civil engineering 16.98
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 13.21
Organic fine chemistry 9.43
Pharmaceuticals 7.55
Measurement 5.66
Handling 5.66
Machine tools 5.66
Computer technology 3.77
Control 3.77
Medical technology 3.77
Others 24.54
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003         3 98
2004         1 100
2005         1 94
2006            
2007            
2008         2 108
2009            
2010            
2011            
2012            
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004    
2005    
2006    
2007    
2008 596 54
2009    
2010    
2011    
2012    
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003         1 67
2004         1 55
2005            
2006         1 60
2007            
2008            
2009            
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2011            
2012            
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     994 98    
1999            
2000     1,212 105    
2001     1,038 104    
2002     787 109    
2003     698 108 4 152
2004     793 109 1 145
2005     986 111 2 145
2006     945 110    
2007     999 108    
2008     1,017 104 2 160
2009     750 101 6 158
2010     674 109 11 159
2011     724 110 30 165
2012     746 106 9 177
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     994 89    
1999     1,112 88    
2000     1,212 89    
2001     1,038 88 1 95
2002     787 94    
2003     698 92    
2004     793 94    
2005     986 98 3 125
2006     945 95    
2007     999 94    
2008     1,017 94 1 161
2009     750 94 1 166
2010     674 101 5 163
2011     724 104 2 174
2012     746 103 6 165
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001     9 88    
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007            
2008            
2009            
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2011            
2012            
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001     2 96 1 84
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007            
2008            
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2012            
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006 2 95        
2007            
2008            
2009            
2010 2 95        
2011 1 110        
2012            
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004         2 85
2005         1 89
2006         1 95
2007         1 107
2008            
2009            
2010            
2011         2 106
2012         1 118
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.
Sierra Leone 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 Sierra Leone.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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