Statistical Country Profiles

Australia

Population (Million): 24.13 (2016) (Rank = 53)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 1071.58 (2016) (Rank = 19)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2011 US$)
2002 6,602 41,123 2,907 715.33
2003 7,282 46,228 4,764 737.27
2004 10,269 59,187 6,864 767.84
2005 10,681 61,750 7,329 792.44
2006 11,374 71,238 6,708 816.04
2007 11,992 74,748 6,648 846.64
2008 12,152 70,684 8,094 877.94
2009 10,656 68,255 7,466 893.85
2010 11,559 73,295 7,710 911.78
2011 11,536 76,402 8,416 933.42
2012 11,719 80,900 9,010 967.34
2013 12,515 80,840 8,954 992.20
2014 11,903 87,980 8,701 1018.09
2015 11,193 96,336 8,328 1042.74
2016 11,679 101,736 7,462 1071.58
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 2,364 20 20,181 7 4,238 13
2003 2,418 20 19,176 7 4,864 13
2004 2,559 21 20,274 7 7,710 12
2005 2,555 23 21,302 7 8,126 12
2006 2,837 22 23,166 8 8,537 13
2007 2,718 23 24,122 8 9,274 14
2008 2,821 22 23,525 8 9,331 14
2009 2,494 24 21,187 8 8,162 15
2010 2,409 26 22,478 8 9,150 15
2011 2,383 26 23,143 9 9,153 14
2012 2,627 25 23,731 9 9,092 16
2013 3,061 23 26,656 8 9,454 15
2014 1,988 25 23,968 9 9,915 16
2015 2,291 23 26,314 8 8,902 18
2016 2,620 25 25,774 8 9,059 18
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (2002 - 2016)
Field of Technology Share
Civil engineering 8.87
Medical technology 8.22
Pharmaceuticals 6.61
Computer technology 5.54
Furniture, games 4.82
Biotechnology 4.61
Other special machines 4.20
Handling 3.82
Transport 3.67
Textile and paper machines 3.54
Others 46.10
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 980 19 12,632 5 1,804 16
2003 1,021 19 12,035 5 2,906 13
2004 1,177 18 11,562 7 2,863 13
2005 1,163 21 9,816 7 3,029 13
2006 924 24 8,502 8 3,515 13
2007 1,086 22 10,150 8 3,718 13
2008 925 23 10,938 8 3,691 13
2009 926 24 11,484 7 3,490 13
2010 1,178 24 13,379 7 4,500 14
2011 1,267 23 16,610 7 4,906 13
2012 1,311 22 16,413 7 4,448 15
2013 1,110 24 16,002 7 4,640 16
2014 1,199 23 18,105 7 4,650 16
2015 1,614 18 21,484 6 4,553 18
2016 1,433 21 22,311 7 4,743 19
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004 96,673 12
2005 96,403 13
2006 95,924 13
2007 106,756 12
2008 107,699 13
2009 104,644 13
2010 96,293 15
2011 105,463 13
2012 112,176 13
2013 122,811 13
2014 128,407 13
2015 117,906 14
2016 132,994 14
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 868 9 121 7 24 25
2003 901 11 139 9 19 30
2004 956 11 137 8 18 24
2005 925 11 134 8 29 26
2006 917 11 159 8 9 34
2007 1,036 11 193 7 37 25
2008 1,024 13 231 6 42 23
2009 1,110 13 210 7 45 22
2010 1,126 13 339 7 70 20
2011 1,204 13 486 5 73 23
2012 1,205 13 651 4 74 23
2013 1,131 13 545 5 68 23
2014 1,011 13 512 5 99 21
2015 1,108 12 720 4 96 20
2016 1,125 14 730 4 118 20
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 26,439 15 13,156 12 14,684 15
2003 30,401 13 13,801 11 15,827 15
2004 36,773 13 16,507 10 22,414 16
2005 38,192 13 17,714 10 23,558 17
2006 40,239 13 19,041 10 30,999 15
2007 40,004 13 20,312 9 34,744 17
2008 38,391 13 19,450 11 32,293 18
2009 38,472 14 17,177 11 29,783 17
2010 39,641 15 19,272 11 33,654 18
2011 40,154 16 20,459 11 36,248 18
2012 41,181 15 21,578 10 39,719 17
2013 39,675 16 22,054 10 41,165 18
2014 41,682 15 22,969 11 46,298 17
2015 47,085 13 23,671 10 49,251 17
2016 47,059 16 25,242 8 54,677 17
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 17,028 12 14,758 7 6,668 15
2003 16,852 11 13,407 9 11,043 15
2004 19,065 9 13,841 9 15,158 16
2005 22,113 11 16,813 8 25,335 15
2006 23,064 12 18,140 10 25,619 15
2007 25,872 12 18,898 10 26,931 15
2008 26,955 12 20,290 7 32,090 15
2009 24,880 13 17,002 8 31,396 17
2010 24,217 15 17,123 10 32,444 18
2011 23,961 14 18,758 10 31,779 17
2012 24,357 14 19,686 7 34,525 17
2013 24,951 14 21,802 8 36,759 17
2014 23,368 15 20,958 10 37,626 18
2015 26,220 13 23,748 9 52,374 15
2016 27,925 13 22,252 9 45,071 17
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 2,581 12 1,530 21 326 14
2003 2,695 12 1,924 11 2,069 16
2004 3,104 10 2,549 7 3,760 17
2005 2,893 12 2,918 7 4,436 18
2006 2,938 12 2,938 7 3,770 19
2007 2,568 14 3,228 7 4,080 20
2008 2,727 15 3,350 7 5,367 19
2009 2,549 15 2,587 7 4,917 21
2010 2,828 15 3,035 7 4,882 21
2011 2,664 14 3,302 7 5,752 21
2012 2,714 12 3,835 6 6,296 21
2013 2,994 13 3,918 6 5,960 21
2014 2,630 14 3,967 6 6,071 20
2015 2,821 11 4,203 6 5,507 20
2016 2,739 15 4,539 6 4,723 24
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 2,312 9 1,530 21 292 14
2003 2,332 9 1,617 14 1,236 17
2004 1,761 13 1,562 8 3,384 16
2005 2,755 11 3,088 4 4,208 18
2006 3,506 8 3,863 4 3,939 19
2007 2,330 12 2,877 7 3,610 21
2008 2,455 12 3,642 5 5,294 19
2009 2,639 11 3,026 5 4,503 21
2010 2,498 11 2,829 6 5,219 21
2011 2,511 12 3,136 6 5,510 21
2012 2,440 12 3,555 6 5,683 21
2013 2,920 10 4,144 4 5,630 21
2014 2,478 12 4,072 7 5,601 21
2015 2,516 11 4,076 7 5,595 20
2016 2,438 14 4,230 7 4,405 25
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
2002 1,762 12 241 19 1 28
2003 1,680 12 353 17 1 24
2004 1,835 12 674 13    
2005 2,004 13 812 12    
2006 2,001 13 1,065 11    
2007 2,050 13 1,183 10    
2008 1,938 14 1,064 12    
2009 1,736 14 976 11 2 32
2010 1,770 14 1,000 12    
2011 1,748 14 980 13 1 39
2012 1,710 14 1,059 14    
2013 1,604 16 1,330 10 2 39
2014 1,723 14 1,570 9 2 43
2015 1,741 13 1,946 9 3 38
2016 1,835 14 2,060 9 6 35
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2016)
Applicant Publication Rank
COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION 44 495
COCHLEAR LIMITED 27 802
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND 24 914
MONASH UNIVERSITY 22 996
NEWSOUTH INNOVATIONS PTY LIMITED 22 996
UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY 22 996
RESMED LIMITED 18 1206
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA 16 1361
UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE 13 1626
BREVILLE PTY LIMITED 12 1747
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 1,065 9 15,719 7 2,171 11
2003 1,085 9 14,748 7 2,387 11
2004 1,052 12 15,732 7 4,749 11
2005 1,080 12 16,891 7 5,152 11
2006 1,279 11 18,906 8 5,804 12
2007 1,240 12 19,390 8 6,082 12
2008 1,236 12 19,287 8 5,895 12
2009 1,083 12 17,250 8 5,229 13
2010 1,053 14 17,988 9 6,082 14
2011 996 13 17,851 9 6,087 13
2012 1,046 14 18,061 9 6,154 14
2013 1,246 14 19,474 9 6,380 13
2014 754 17 18,427 9 6,473 14
2015 913 15 20,120 9 6,072 15
2016 1,001 15 18,374 9 6,132 14
Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated : 12/2017
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 European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) 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.
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