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Statistical Country Profiles

Zimbabwe

Population (Million): 13.72 (2012) (Rank = 71)

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IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998     11  
1999   27    
2000        
2001   8,973    
2002        
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Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000         3 84
2001         2 86
2002            
2003         4 113
2004         8 99
2005         1 133
2006         3 102
2007         2 122
2008         2 123
2009         5 114
2010         2 131
2011         6 129
2012         5 131
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Furniture, games 13.24
Other special machines 11.76
Basic materials chemistry 10.29
Semiconductors 8.82
Engines, pumps, turbines 8.82
Civil engineering 7.35
Handling 4.41
Mechanical elements 4.41
Measurement 2.94
Medical technology 2.94
Others 25.02
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001     29 76    
2002            
2003         6 81
2004         2 92
2005         1 94
2006         1 98
2007         2 98
2008         9 89
2009         5 95
2010         3 105
2011         133 44
2012         1 125
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004    
2005    
2006    
2007    
2008 1,160 44
2009    
2010    
2011    
2012    
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007            
2008 2 50     3 52
2009            
2010            
2011            
2012            
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     31 119    
1999 1 113 13 123 26 64
2000         5 84
2001 1 121 17 128 8,972 17
2002         25 105
2003         44 115
2004         17 112
2005         7 131
2006         19 139
2007            
2008         1 164
2009         22 144
2010         168 116
2011         15 170
2012         22 167
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     8 110    
1999     32 114    
2000            
2001 2 95 18 111    
2002            
2003         15 128
2004         1 134
2005            
2006            
2007            
2008         5 150
2009         9 143
2010         16 152
2011         17 152
2012         17 152
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 11 69 5 86    
1999     3 89    
2000            
2001     14 79    
2002            
2003         2 84
2004            
2005            
2006         1 95
2007            
2008            
2009         1 101
2010         1 104
2011         2 110
2012            
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     3 80    
1999     4 82    
2000            
2001     8 77    
2002            
2003            
2004            
2005            
2006            
2007            
2008            
2009            
2010         1 103
2011            
2012         5 91
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 8 49        
1999 1 74        
2000            
2001 3 71        
2002 2 79        
2003 2 86        
2004 3 80        
2005 1 97        
2006            
2007            
2008            
2009 1 104        
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         3 65
2001         2 70
2002            
2003         1 84
2004         6 73
2005            
2006         2 84
2007            
2008            
2009         1 106
2010         1 112
2011            
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.
Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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