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South Africa

Population (Million): 51.19 (2012) (Rank = 25)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 504.73 (2012) (Rank = 22)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998 857 16,628 698 315.36
1999 804 16,361 920 322.79
2000 1,531 17,189 797 336.20
2001 1,647 15,847 673 345.40
2002 1,661 15,557 746 358.07
2003 1,541 18,782 849 368.63
2004 1,802 19,260 1,490 385.42
2005 2,109 21,401 1,743 405.76
2006 1,913 26,056 1,697 428.49
2007 2,063 22,822 2,057 452.27
2008 2,099 22,032 1,672 468.65
2009 1,964 22,020 1,493 461.50
2010 1,996 23,760   475.74
2011 1,763 25,219 1,539 492.19
2012 1,659 27,145 2,199 504.73
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 200 50 7,190 14 657 21
1999 138 55 3,002 26 666 22
2000 895 32 2,400 30 636 26
2001 966 30 5,427 19 681 26
2002 983 30 5,617 16 678 26
2003 922 32 5,303 16 619 28
2004 956 31 5,833 16 846 27
2005 1,003 33 6,001 16 1,106 26
2006 866 35 6,739 16 1,047 26
2007 915 34 7,402 16 1,148 29
2008 860 33 7,081 15 1,239 28
2009 822 37 5,913 16 1,142 29
2010 821 38 5,562 17 1,175 30
2011 656 40 6,589 16 1,107 29
2012 608 42 6,836 16 1,051 32
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Civil engineering 6.86
Materials, metallurgy 6.71
Chemical engineering 6.40
Basic materials chemistry 6.17
Medical technology 5.54
Handling 4.92
Other special machines 4.53
Furniture, games 4.47
Transport 3.78
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 3.62
Others 47.00
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 200 37 6,663 7 379 22
1999 140 43 6,179 7 386 21
2000 902 21 2,497 15 414 21
2001 968 20 1,858 18 415 22
2002 983 18 4,167 11 425 23
2003 924 22 4,835 11 433 26
2004 957 19 846 24 431 26
2005 1,010 23 821 26 483 25
2006 868 25 572 31 378 28
2007 918 23 537 29 428 29
2008 863 22 879 31 469 27
2009 833 25 806 29 418 32
2010 822 25 4,509 12 559 29
2011 567 29 4,729 12 559 30
2012 685 25 5,520 11 652 30
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004    
2005    
2006    
2007    
2008    
2009    
2010 129,076 10
2011 111,139 11
2012 112,339 11
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         7 30
1999         10 29
2000         9 30
2001         9 30
2002         20 26
2003         26 28
2004         5 39
2005         2 48
2006         9 34
2007         5 46
2008         3 52
2009         4 54
2010         7 49
2011         7 47
2012         12 40
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 14,599 17 9,001 30 2,029 33
1999 14,153 18 9,785 28 2,208 32
2000 13,509 20 12,169 26 3,680 30
2001 12,959 20 8,942 34 2,888 36
2002 12,535 20 7,832 31 3,022 32
2003 14,676 20 8,092 32 4,106 36
2004 14,982 21 8,844 25 4,278 35
2005 16,985 21 10,850 25 4,416 37
2006 20,017 20 11,778 23 6,039 36
2007 17,080 22 17,921 13 5,742 42
2008 16,032 24 13,875 17 6,000 43
2009 16,134 23 10,487 19 5,886 40
2010 18,040 21 12,509 18 5,720 42
2011 19,522 21 13,962 18 5,697 45
2012 20,499 21 14,105 19 6,646 43
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 4,318 25 4,981 50 1,387 32
1999 6,768 16 6,957 32 1,701 31
2000 5,364 24 5,772 44 1,532 31
2001 6,408 22 5,466 45 876 35
2002 9,846 16 8,728 26 807 41
2003 6,836 19 6,608 33 2,636 33
2004 3,383 31 3,036 61 2,929 35
2005 4,138 34 3,288 64 4,893 32
2006 9,825 18 9,504 19 4,105 38
2007 7,450 25 5,286 42 4,579 39
2008 14,062 18 11,652 19 5,471 41
2009 10,956 20 8,804 21 6,017 39
2010 34,458 11 30,892 3 6,686 40
2011 17,728 14 13,558 15 4,904 44
2012 16,507 16 12,723 13 5,166 42
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 623 27 846 31 75 29
1999 840 22 504 38 80 28
2000 711 25 518 41 86 28
2001 590 28 466 44 83 31
2002 696 26 428 46 50 32
2003 638 26 540 43 211 35
2004 871 23 751 28 619 32
2005 923 23 802 19 820 31
2006 1,036 26 926 19 661 34
2007 1,036 23 1,207 14 1,021 34
2008 915 27 1,200 15 757 36
2009 1,017 26 996 16 476 41
2010         577 42
2011 853 28 1,191 16 686 43
2012 1,014 24 1,347 16 1,185 36
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 2 66 2 82 43 32
1999 1 67 4 82 76 28
2000 43 52 19 71 61 29
2001 250 33 196 56 57 34
2002 360 29 198 56 32 34
2003 610 19 459 42 146 35
2004 620 20 571 27 509 33
2005 680 24 613 23 851 31
2006 664 28 564 23 673 34
2007 672 25 608 23 803 35
2008 907 23 1,020 18 909 34
2009 956 21 1,308 11 578 41
2010         544 42
2011 547 32 729 19 645 43
2012 490 34 765 20 1,036 36
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 115 26        
1999 316 21        
2000 387 22        
2001 417 22        
2002 384 23        
2003 354 23 1 68    
2004 411 24        
2005 360 24 5 63    
2006 421 25 4 69    
2007 406 25 1 81    
2008 391 27        
2009 375 27 23 50    
2010 295 29 5 73    
2011 319 28 2 83    
2012 314 27        
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
SASOL TECHNOLOGY (PROPRIETARY) LIMITED 13 1440
CSIR 10 1799
STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY SOUTH AFRICAN SUGARCANE RESEARCH INSTITUTE 9 1978
UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND 9 1978
AEL MINING SERVICES LIMITED 8 2207
DISCOVERY HOLDINGS LIMITED 7 2485
DETNET SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 5 3329
AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL MECHANISATION GROUP (PROPRIETARY) LIMITED 4 4061
NORTHWEST UNIVERSITY 4 4061
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN 4 4061
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         138 25
1999         221 21
2000         292 23
2001     3,971 15 382 21
2002     4,452 14 422 22
2003     4,894 12 418 23
2004     5,221 13 610 26
2005     5,554 13 839 25
2006     5,781 13 824 26
2007     6,673 13 862 26
2008     6,611 13 986 25
2009     5,595 13 902 26
2010     5,562 13 908 27
2011 180 26 5,960 13 828 28
2012 159 26 6,116 13 815 29
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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