World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Swaziland

Population (Million): 1.23 (2012) (Rank = 152)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 5.57 (2012) (Rank = 142)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998     10 4.29
1999       4.42
2000       4.50
2001       4.55
2002       4.63
2003       4.73
2004       4.87
2005       4.99
2006       5.16
2007       5.34
2008       5.46
2009       5.53
2010       5.63
2011       5.65
2012       5.57
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001         4 76
2002            
2003         1 135
2004         8 99
2005         41 69
2006            
2007         6 104
2008         92 61
2009         6 111
2010         75 70
2011         7 127
2012         65 76
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Pharmaceuticals 15.79
Medical technology 13.16
Measurement 13.16
Organic fine chemistry 10.53
Handling 7.89
Audio-visual technology 5.26
Surface technology, coating 5.26
Engines, pumps, turbines 5.26
Digital communication 5.26
Computer technology 2.63
Others 15.80
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
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2006            
2007         2 98
2008         10 86
2009         855 25
2010         39 66
2011         17 81
2012            
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004    
2005    
2006    
2007    
2008 1,017 50
2009    
2010    
2011    
2012    
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
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2006            
2007            
2008         2 61
2009            
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2012            
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     34 117    
1999     872 104 7 75
2000     1,190 106 6 78
2001     1,054 103    
2002     828 108 17 113
2003     704 107 10 142
2004     818 108 4 135
2005     1,077 108 8 129
2006     1,020 106 9 141
2007     992 109 34 129
2008     1,004 105 4 152
2009     680 105 45 130
2010     658 111 728 84
2011     727 109 290 114
2012     753 105 34 156
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     30 108    
1999     885 93    
2000     1,190 90 2 81
2001     1,054 87 1 95
2002     828 93 1 108
2003     704 91 17 122
2004     818 93 2 127
2005     1,077 95 1 133
2006     1,020 93 2 144
2007     992 95 13 131
2008     1,004 95 223 97
2009     680 98 11 142
2010     658 103 14 154
2011     727 103 6 162
2012     753 102 6 165
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 10 70 5 86    
1999     2 95    
2000            
2001     11 85 7 61
2002         2 70
2003            
2004            
2005         3 90
2006            
2007         4 92
2008            
2009         1 101
2010         1 104
2011         2 110
2012         2 113
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     4 76    
1999     3 84    
2000            
2001     3 91 4 68
2002         4 58
2003         1 86
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007            
2008         4 92
2009         1 101
2010         16 84
2011         8 84
2012         7 89
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002 1 86        
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006 1 101        
2007            
2008            
2009            
2010            
2011 2 97        
2012            
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001         3 63
2002            
2003            
2004         7 71
2005         29 54
2006            
2007         4 90
2008         4 90
2009         3 96
2010         4 96
2011         6 88
2012         9 89
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.
Swaziland 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 Swaziland.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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