World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

United States of America

Population (Million): 313.91 (2012) (Rank = 3)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 13518.19 (2012) (Rank = 1)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 238,984 447,077 22,646 10213.80
1999 258,469 518,287 23,001 10711.10
2000 280,827 624,017 24,578 11158.10
2001 291,118 459,416 20,677 11280.10
2002 292,083 428,569 21,573 11486.30
2003 302,111 457,851 38,348 11779.50
2004 331,333 573,697 58,539 12189.40
2005 383,765 641,233 67,168 12564.30
2006 404,824 695,227 73,163 12898.40
2007 438,091 777,391 76,995 13144.40
2008 429,707 732,964 77,927 13097.20
2009 398,514 637,742 66,938 12690.00
2010 433,199 716,276 81,298 12992.00
2011 440,632 796,659 84,282 13225.90
2012 468,960 820,662 94,996 13518.19
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 134,733 2 102,246 1 104,251 1
1999 149,251 2 116,512 1 109,218 1
2000 164,795 2 131,100 1 116,032 1
2001 177,513 2 148,958 1 113,605 2
2002 184,245 2 150,200 1 107,838 2
2003 188,941 2 153,500 1 113,170 2
2004 189,536 2 167,407 1 141,797 2
2005 207,867 2 182,866 1 175,898 1
2006 221,784 2 204,182 1 183,040 1
2007 241,347 2 214,807 1 196,744 1
2008 231,588 2 224,733 1 198,119 1
2009 224,912 3 231,194 1 173,602 1
2010 241,977 3 248,249 1 191,222 1
2011 247,750 3 255,832 1 192,882 1
2012 268,782 3 274,033 1 200,178 2
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Computer technology 10.56
Medical technology 7.79
Pharmaceuticals 6.20
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 4.28
Digital communication 4.24
Organic fine chemistry 4.18
Biotechnology 3.99
Measurement 3.96
Telecommunications 3.73
Semiconductors 3.45
Others 47.62
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 80,292 2 67,228 1 48,289 2
1999 83,907 2 69,580 1 55,048 2
2000 85,071 2 72,425 1 51,600 2
2001 87,606 2 78,432 1 51,983 2
2002 86,976 2 76,542 1 56,873 2
2003 87,901 2 81,134 1 64,212 2
2004 84,271 2 80,020 1 63,360 2
2005 74,637 2 69,169 1 64,848 2
2006 89,823 2 83,947 1 69,073 2
2007 79,527 3 77,756 1 70,754 2
2008 77,501 2 80,271 1 72,650 2
2009 82,382 2 84,967 1 75,829 2
2010 107,792 2 111,822 1 83,050 2
2011 108,626 3 115,879 1 93,619 2
2012 121,026 3 132,129 1 107,892 2
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004 1,633,355 1
2005 1,683,968 1
2006 1,774,742 1
2007 1,815,531 1
2008 1,872,872 1
2009 1,930,631 1
2010 2,017,318 1
2011 2,113,628 1
2012 2,239,231 1
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         391 1
1999         1,002 1
2000         552 1
2001         491 1
2002         1,478 1
2003         1,940 1
2004         709 2
2005         735 1
2006         526 1
2007         762 1
2008         1,031 1
2009         1,086 1
2010         1,358 1
2011         1,715 1
2012         2,007 2
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 207,429 1 39,182 1 239,648 1
1999 229,721 1 31,040 1 288,566 1
2000 251,220 1 41,244 1 372,797 1
2001 181,713 2 34,595 1 277,703 1
2002 181,693 2 30,944 2 246,876 1
2003 191,902 2 29,063 2 265,949 1
2004 213,495 2 34,911 2 360,202 1
2005 224,271 2 40,239 2 416,962 1
2006 233,312 2 44,267 2 461,915 1
2007 256,429 2 47,700 2 520,962 1
2008 246,222 2 47,848 2 486,742 2
2009 224,985 2 41,860 2 412,757 2
2010 236,826 2 45,000 2 479,450 2
2011 256,775 2 49,274 2 539,884 2
2012 261,893 2 51,748 2 558,769 2
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 98,526 2 31,345 1 198,242 1
1999 76,082 3 11,339 12 234,556 1
2000 95,448 2 14,096 6 230,636 1
2001 94,615 2 14,224 8 88,507 2
2002 124,016 2 22,520 2 90,679 2
2003 106,678 2 22,439 3 195,091 1
2004 92,159 2 22,253 2 257,153 1
2005 99,377 2 23,783 2 394,397 1
2006 124,489 2 30,323 2 383,871 1
2007 138,867 2 33,560 1 424,650 1
2008 157,726 2 26,580 2 469,341 2
2009 142,458 2 36,322 2 454,143 2
2010 133,034 2 34,604 2 485,237 2
2011 146,255 2 38,118 2 460,475 2
2012 152,096 2 28,870 2 476,609 2
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 11,394 4 5,713 1 11,252 4
1999 11,462 4 6,299 1 11,539 3
2000 11,536 4 6,756 1 13,042 3
2001 11,145 4 7,135 1 9,532 4
2002 13,001 4 7,903 1 8,572 4
2003 13,714 4 8,888 1 24,634 2
2004 13,913 4 10,062 1 44,626 2
2005 14,527 4 11,026 2 52,641 2
2006 14,239 4 11,276 2 58,924 2
2007 15,481 4 12,271 2 61,514 2
2008 15,463 4 12,319 2 62,464 2
2009 14,783 4 11,023 2 52,155 3
2010 16,706 4 12,353 1 64,592 2
2011 17,443 4 13,024 2 66,839 2
2012 18,812 4 13,987 2 76,184 2
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 9,913 4 4,854 3 7,908 4
1999 9,654 5 5,078 3 9,544 4
2000 11,285 4 6,129 1 10,280 4
2001 10,346 4 6,526 1 8,605 4
2002 9,325 4 6,126 1 6,135 4
2003 10,045 4 6,529 1 14,380 3
2004 9,252 4 6,443 2 45,249 2
2005 7,553 5 5,397 2 49,326 2
2006 11,691 4 9,274 2 56,834 2
2007 13,494 4 10,569 2 60,343 2
2008 13,713 4 11,852 1 63,866 2
2009 12,026 4 11,090 2 53,056 2
2010 12,612 4 10,187 2 62,283 2
2011 11,756 4 9,600 2 64,881 2
2012 12,445 4 9,506 2 69,347 2
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 27,955 1        
1999 31,265 1        
2000 38,010 1 42 30 48 9
2001 43,055 1 49 31 32 10
2002 41,319 1 64 31 15 14
2003 41,048 1 208 20 10 12
2004 43,408 1 1,811 5 5 15
2005 46,883 1 2,894 3    
2006 51,280 1 3,203 3 1 23
2007 54,046 1 3,831 3    
2008 51,643 1 3,719 3 83 5
2009 45,628 1 3,203 3 154 4
2010 45,031 1 4,172 2 182 4
2011 49,112 1 4,931 2 229 4
2012 51,643 1 5,430 2 85 6
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
QUALCOMM INCORPORATED 1,305 7
INTEL CORPORATION 640 20
MICROSOFT CORPORATION 635 21
HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. 620 22
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY 604 23
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION 530 28
E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY 457 31
GOOGLE, INC. 421 33
PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY 413 34
BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED 397 36
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 1,966 3 15,112 4 37,670 1
1999 2,670 2 17,958 4 44,431 1
2000 3,009 2 21,839 3 52,660 1
2001 2,534 4 21,716 4 56,836 1
2002 4,603 2 29,539 2 59,062 1
2003 4,183 2 27,314 3 62,541 1
2004 4,528 3 32,211 4 93,303 1
2005 5,091 3 33,205 4 116,673 1
2006 5,880 3 38,962 4 126,363 1
2007 7,304 3 43,869 3 138,397 1
2008 8,543 3 52,579 2 142,586 1
2009 11,819 3 66,341 1 124,072 1
2010 14,070 1 76,861 1 134,370 1
2011 16,120 1 81,441 1 133,694 1
2012 18,165 1 91,811 1 134,751 1
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.
US reports "patent allowance" instead of "patent grant".
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