Statistical Country Profiles

Ireland

Population (Million): 4.77 (2016) (Rank = 120)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 299.89 (2016) (Rank = 49)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2011 US$)
2002 2,310 8,910 109 173.89
2003 2,291 9,921 885 180.28
2004 3,020 17,110 1,273 192.40
2005 3,097 15,720 1,642 203.50
2006 3,335 21,877 1,589 215.44
2007 4,317 25,877 1,693 223.62
2008 4,381 25,673 1,962 213.84
2009 4,372 25,219 2,108 204.07
2010 4,103 27,947 2,284 208.22
2011 4,189 27,478 2,224 208.14
2012 4,278 28,130 2,318 205.84
2013 4,389 36,633 2,931 208.11
2014 4,779 35,514 3,148 225.72
2015 5,322 35,743 2,357 285.03
2016 5,356 39,389 2,987 299.89
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 1,152 29 68 77 1,158 22
2003 1,132 28 77 76 1,159 23
2004 1,113 29 58 79 1,907 23
2005 1,100 31 75 75 1,997 23
2006 1,184 31 97 74 2,151 23
2007 1,262 31 78 74 3,055 22
2008 1,415 30 76 73 2,966 24
2009 1,398 31 53 72 2,974 23
2010 1,248 33 59 70 2,855 24
2011 1,089 33 67 76 3,100 24
2012 1,059 34 63 73 3,219 24
2013 881 37 57 84 3,508 24
2014 881 37 58 88 3,898 24
2015 835 38 190 63 4,487 22
2016 878 40 85 74 4,478 23
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (2002 - 2016)
Field of Technology Share
Pharmaceuticals 13.64
Medical technology 11.19
Computer technology 9.08
Organic fine chemistry 5.19
IT methods for management 5.14
Civil engineering 4.54
Digital communication 4.51
Biotechnology 3.59
Other special machines 3.11
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 2.88
Others 37.13
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 445 28 166 50 562 20
2003 459 30 251 46 747 20
2004 441 26 170 49 656 23
2005 359 32 106 56 628 23
2006 407 32 71 63 668 23
2007 387 31 53 63 684 24
2008 385 31 56 70 890 24
2009 396 35 77 62 1,031 24
2010 361 33 32 71 1,304 24
2011 376 35 55 71 1,487 24
2012 322 34 58 69 1,716 24
2013 342 34 59 73 1,674 24
2014 369 34 32 77 1,822 24
2015 357 33 39 70 2,060 24
2016 462 30 87 59 2,444 24
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004    
2005    
2006    
2007 70,166 15
2008 78,816 16
2009 78,916 16
2010 79,040 17
2011 88,044 17
2012 96,583 16
2013 108,218 14
2014 111,109 15
2015 118,273 13
2016 147,125 12
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002         35 24
2003         30 25
2004         15 27
2005         10 32
2006         5 38
2007         12 37
2008         11 37
2009         10 43
2010         11 39
2011         20 37
2012         9 46
2013         20 39
2014         18 41
2015         22 39
2016         21 38
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 1,597 59 4,506 59 7,313 22
2003 1,762 61 4,652 61 8,159 22
2004 1,934 61 4,913 57 15,176 19
2005 1,991 63 3,892 64 13,729 22
2006 2,442 60 3,669 69 19,435 19
2007 2,678 62 3,459 81 23,199 20
2008 2,531 61 3,063 81 23,142 19
2009 2,365 57 2,189 75 22,854 21
2010 2,373 61 2,028 88 25,574 22
2011 2,304 62 1,952 92 25,174 23
2012 2,455 59 1,821 93 25,675 25
2013 2,756 59 1,677 98 33,877 20
2014 2,941 57 1,592 99 32,573 23
2015 3,026 58 1,593 96 32,717 24
2016 3,106 58 1,618 96 36,283 24
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 827 51 6,826 37 1,229 37
2003 1,273 42 5,686 44 5,377 22
2004 1,506 42 5,103 44 9,884 17
2005 1,562 49 4,951 48 14,587 18
2006 1,502 48 4,189 54 13,816 21
2007 1,718 49 3,872 68 17,994 19
2008 2,065 50 3,564 74 20,510 20
2009 1,891 50 2,574 70 22,094 20
2010 2,122 52 2,339 74 28,860 22
2011 1,830 60 2,042 88 23,185 22
2012 1,698 58 1,945 90 21,478 25
2013 1,731 61 1,928 94 27,161 22
2014 2,149 61 1,565 98 31,988 21
2015 2,240 59 1,698 94 29,591 24
2016 2,288 57 1,468 94 31,515 24
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 70 57 344 49 39 36
2003 159 47 160 54 726 22
2004 113 59 62 71 1,160 25
2005 104 57 17 87 1,538 25
2006 97 61 15 86 1,492 24
2007 137 53 17 91 1,556 27
2008 125 53 12 97 1,837 26
2009 143 52 5 102 1,965 26
2010 126 54 9 101 2,158 26
2011 151 57 12 103 2,073 28
2012 239 51 25 94 2,079 30
2013 277 50 2 127 2,654 29
2014 216 54 26 90 2,932 30
2015 121 61 7 115 2,236 29
2016 154 60 27 98 2,833 31
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 45 55 230 55 22 39
2003 113 46 385 46 475 21
2004 153 44 140 56 1,193 24
2005 111 48 116 58 1,410 25
2006 103 55 47 64 1,581 24
2007 110 49 14 82 1,558 26
2008 140 47 23 80 1,690 27
2009 130 45 4 100 1,681 26
2010 118 52 9 98 2,169 25
2011 167 50 14 94 1,841 29
2012 214 47 13 103 2,029 29
2013 240 48 12 108 2,365 29
2014 204 52 20 97 2,417 29
2015 117 59 8 111 2,205 29
2016 142 56 22 99 2,767 31
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
2002 309 25 26 41    
2003 311 24 15 45    
2004 323 26 64 39    
2005 340 26 73 38    
2006 422 25 58 41    
2007 418 24 106 37    
2008 477 24 60 44    
2009 474 25 102 34    
2010 446 26 102 35 1 37
2011 408 26 129 35 1 39
2012 391 26 125 35 3 30
2013 432 26 170 33 3 37
2014 438 26 194 32 2 43
2015 453 26 174 34 1 49
2016 439 26 181 31 3 39
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2016)
Applicant Publication Rank
CONNAUGHT ELECTRONICS LIMITED 22 996
COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN 16 1361
SCIENTIFIC GAMES HOLDINGS LIMITED 15 1446
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE GALWAY 11 1900
ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED 10 2065
FOTONATION LIMITED 10 2065
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK 10 2065
JANSSEN R & D IRELAND 7 2840
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN 7 2840
DUBLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 6 3243
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2002 137 16     450 20
2003 160 17     456 22
2004 220 20     1,095 22
2005 189 20     1,179 22
2006 208 21     1,184 22
2007 270 19     2,009 21
2008 295 21     1,754 22
2009 301 21     1,782 22
2010 271 22     1,458 24
2011 330 21     1,501 23
2012 310 22     1,466 24
2013 271 24     1,550 24
2014 314 24     1,903 23
2015 301 23     2,315 22
2016 305 23     1,862 25
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.
Ireland is a member of the European Patent Convention from 1992. Patent filings by residents of this country at the European Patent Office (EPO) are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office. Due to lack of information on designation, filings by other nationals at the EPO are not counted as non-resident filings for Ireland. In case either the national office or the regional office did not supply data for a certain year, the figures reported in the tables may be incomplete for that year.
Ireland is a member of the European Union. Trademark and industrial design filings by residents of this country at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office; filings by other nationals at the EUIPO are considered non-resident filings via regional office for Ireland.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: ipstats.mail@wipo.int.