Statistical Country Profiles

Netherlands

Population (Million): 16.94 (2015) (Rank = 65)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 785.42 (2015) (Rank = 24)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2011 US$)
2001 22,543 41,538   546.88
2002 23,513 37,729   547.29
2003 23,770 54,918 8,612 549.13
2004 32,917 72,129 20,035 561.41
2005 37,308 73,445 21,105 572.90
2006 36,633 87,137 21,018 592.35
2007 36,138 153,123 22,815 615.57
2008 37,117 149,387 25,924 626.67
2009 34,575 160,289 26,359 603.69
2010 33,405 160,447 25,042 613.53
2011 33,528 164,291 25,561 619.62
2012 31,305 162,532 27,114 613.69
2013 33,589 164,928 25,506  
2014 37,729 165,992 26,361  
2015 37,983 178,946 24,952  
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001 7,481 9 543 47 15,062 6
2002 7,176 9 481 46 16,337 7
2003 8,747 9 573 45 15,023 8
2004 9,161 9 556 39 23,756 6
2005 10,016 9 633 37 27,292 6
2006 9,496 9 548 41 27,137 6
2007 9,079 11 367 46 27,059 8
2008 9,712 11 311 48 27,405 8
2009 9,316 11 279 49 25,259 8
2010 8,484 12 240 54 24,921 8
2011 8,195 12 310 53 25,333 8
2012 7,443 14 338 46 23,862 9
2013 8,151 13 449 44 25,438 9
2014 9,150 12 288 50 28,579 9
2015 9,299 10 287 49 28,684 9
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (2001 - 2015)
Field of Technology Share
Audio-visual technology 8.94
Computer technology 7.06
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 6.04
Medical technology 5.83
Measurement 4.78
Optics 4.52
Basic materials chemistry 4.18
Semiconductors 4.10
Civil engineering 3.90
Organic fine chemistry 3.88
Others 46.77
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001 3,261 10 770 33 5,721 8
2002 3,384 10 760 31 5,673 8
2003 3,519 11 769 30 7,399 8
2004 3,585 10 482 33 7,797 8
2005 3,323 10 569 30 7,750 8
2006 3,725 11 555 33 9,220 8
2007 3,615 12 524 31 9,720 8
2008 3,679 11 315 40 10,130 8
2009 3,238 12 305 39 10,588 8
2010 3,322 12 350 36 11,012 8
2011 3,586 12 275 45 11,442 8
2012 3,358 12 242 45 12,770 8
2013 3,619 10 297 40 13,076 8
2014 3,157 12 270 40 13,564 9
2015 3,164 11 212 42 13,931 9
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004 14,078 24
2005 14,091 25
2006 14,211 24
2007 16,532 25
2008 18,588 27
2009 16,262 31
2010    
2011 12,713 35
2012 12,753 34
2013 12,704 37
2014 12,518 37
2015    
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001         119 10
2002         224 10
2003         266 10
2004         123 11
2005         124 13
2006         142 8
2007         95 14
2008         137 12
2009         155 12
2010         163 11
2011         128 19
2012         191 15
2013         192 16
2014         175 15
2015         241 13
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001 1,110 64     40,428 9
2002 1,061 67     36,668 9
2003 2,378 54     52,540 9
2004 2,142 58     69,987 9
2005 2,336 60     71,109 9
2006 2,779 59     84,358 8
2007 20,201 20     132,922 7
2008 18,917 22     130,470 7
2009 18,148 23     142,141 7
2010 18,283 23 1 128 142,164 7
2011 18,894 25     145,397 7
2012 17,807 25     144,725 7
2013 16,974 26     147,954 8
2014 16,459 25     149,533 9
2015 17,730 25     161,216 8
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001 6 96     23,574 6
2002 5 97     22,438 7
2003 849 49     29,186 9
2004 929 48     36,702 9
2005 2,634 44     77,721 8
2006 2,420 43     73,819 9
2007 2,607 44     81,559 8
2008 16,473 15     122,980 7
2009 15,416 17     124,400 7
2010 16,209 18     150,436 7
2011 16,078 17     133,218 7
2012 15,301 18     129,361 7
2013 15,026 16     129,900 8
2014 14,636 22     136,813 8
2015 15,585 18     141,128 9
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001         1,603 9
2002         730 11
2003 496 31     8,116 9
2004 986 22     19,049 8
2005 1,017 22     20,088 9
2006 1,040 25     19,978 9
2007 1,009 25     21,806 9
2008 1,088 26     24,836 9
2009 1,154 24     25,205 9
2010 1,108 26     23,934 9
2011 1,125 24     24,436 10
2012 939 29     26,175 9
2013 842 32     24,664 11
2014 870 29     25,491 12
2015 1,174 24     23,778 12
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001         1,409 8
2002         631 10
2003 257 37     4,660 9
2004 1,128 18     19,068 8
2005 1,193 19     22,630 8
2006 1,047 19     19,801 9
2007 998 21     20,860 9
2008 1,093 21     23,737 8
2009 1,116 17     24,636 8
2010 1,120 20     24,660 8
2011 1,082 19     23,442 10
2012 911 22     25,310 9
2013 805 29     23,447 11
2014 803 26     23,563 11
2015 1,217 19     24,285 12
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
2001 3,411 7 1,717 5 336 5
2002 3,977 6 1,450 5 343 5
2003 4,479 6 1,384 5 169 4
2004 4,283 6 1,547 6 98 4
2005 4,500 7 1,644 6 77 4
2006 4,545 7 1,756 6 85 4
2007 4,421 8 1,621 7 88 4
2008 4,361 8 1,765 6 85 4
2009 4,420 8 1,355 8 115 5
2010 4,011 8 1,374 9 178 5
2011 3,511 9 1,354 10 128 6
2012 4,078 9 1,259 10 151 5
2013 4,188 9 1,466 9 144 6
2014 4,206 8 1,392 10 121 6
2015 4,334 8 1,311 10 164 7
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2015)
Applicant Publication Rank
KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. 1,378 9
SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V. 196 98
DSM IP ASSETS B.V. 180 105
SHELL INTERNATIONALE RESEARCH MAATSCHAPPIJ B.V. 127 167
ASML NETHERLANDS B.V. 118 179
UNILEVER N.V. 80 286
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST- NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO 64 345
HERE GLOBAL B.V. 48 453
N.V. NUTRICIA 39 555
OCE-TECHNOLOGIES B.V. 35 623
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001 2,332 5     7,037 6
2002 1,387 7     8,003 6
2003 2,798 5     6,854 6
2004 3,215 6     15,551 5
2005 3,657 4     18,987 4
2006 3,523 5     18,727 4
2007 3,230 6     18,609 5
2008 3,333 6     19,319 6
2009 3,247 6     17,492 7
2010 2,889 6     17,924 7
2011 2,927 6     18,592 7
2012 2,652 7     17,009 7
2013 2,587 8     17,679 8
2014 2,894 8     19,757 9
2015 2,924 8     19,040 9
Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated : 05/2017
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 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.
Netherlands is a member of the European Patent Convention from 1978. 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 Netherlands. 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.
Netherlands is a member of the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP). Trademark and industrial design filings by residents of this country at the BOIP are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office; filings by other nationals at the BOIP are considered non-resident filings via regional office for Netherlands.
Netherlands is a member of the European Union. Trademark and industrial design filings by residents of this country at the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office; filings by other nationals at OHIM are considered non-resident filings via regional office for Netherlands.
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