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Statistical Country Profiles

Sao Tome and Principe

Population (Million): 0.19 (2012) (Rank = 176)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 0.3 (2012) (Rank = 171)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998        
1999        
2000        
2001       0.19
2002       0.19
2003       0.20
2004       0.21
2005   8   0.22
2006   1   0.23
2007       0.23
2008   1   0.25
2009   8   0.26
2010   3   0.28
2011   7   0.29
2012   47   0.30
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002         1 99
2003         1 135
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007            
2008            
2009            
2010         3 122
2011         3 140
2012            
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Pharmaceuticals 33.33
Engines, pumps, turbines 33.33
Thermal processes and apparatus 33.33
Others 0.01
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
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Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
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Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005 8 118 203 126    
2006 1 119 155 127    
2007     128 128 1 161
2008 1 98 123 117    
2009 8 91 483 112    
2010 2 95 515 116 1 174
2011 6 106 602 114 1 184
2012 19 98 613 110 28 163
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005 8 96 203 111    
2006 1 98 155 112    
2007     128 116    
2008 1 86 123 109 1 161
2009 8 82 483 105 3 159
2010 2 87 515 108    
2011 6 92 602 110    
2012 19 87 613 107 55 137
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007            
2008            
2009     10 95    
2010     16 89    
2011     21 88    
2012     21 93    
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007            
2008            
2009     10 89    
2010     16 86    
2011     21 84    
2012     21 88    
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
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2008            
2009            
2010            
2011            
2012     1 95    
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
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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.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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