World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profiles

Rwanda

Population (Million): 11.46 (2012) (Rank = 73)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 13.37 (2012) (Rank = 127)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998   4   4.55
1999   5   4.89
2000   2   5.30
2001   29   5.76
2002   17   6.54
2003   179   6.63
2004   40   7.09
2005   21   7.73
2006   26   8.40
2007   18   9.04
2008       10.04
2009       10.67
2010       11.44
2011       12.38
2012 42 115 20 13.37
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999     4 97    
2000            
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2012 40 76 30 79 2 146
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Semiconductors 50.00
Organic fine chemistry 25.00
Macromolecular chemistry, polymers 25.00
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     2 85    
1999     8 90    
2000     7 82    
2001     12 82    
2002     2 92    
2003     3 86    
2004     2 84    
2005     3 82    
2006     4 88    
2007     20 74    
2008            
2009            
2010            
2011         1 120
2012 12 72 12 81    
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004    
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2012 119 75
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
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2012 12 47        
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 4 105 136 115    
1999 5 111 124 119    
2000 2 114 124 122    
2001 29 114 173 125    
2002 17 117 130 127    
2003 179 96 28 126    
2004 40 113 245 121    
2005 21 116 187 127    
2006 26 114 254 125    
2007 14 112 224 126 4 153
2008            
2009         29 138
2010         1 174
2011            
2012 109 88 408 112 6 181
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998 4 91 136 107    
1999 5 97 104 113    
2000 2 93 124 110    
2001 29 88 173 110    
2002 17 91 130 113    
2003 179 77 28 111    
2004 40 87 245 105    
2005 21 92 187 113    
2006 26 93 254 110    
2007 14 93 224 115 3 149
2008            
2009         27 133
2010            
2011         3 170
2012 109 82 408 111    
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     1 96    
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002            
2003            
2004     3 97    
2005            
2006            
2007     1 107    
2008            
2009            
2010            
2011     1 108    
2012 20 79 20 94    
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998     1 87    
1999            
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2004     3 89    
2005            
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2007     1 101    
2008            
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2010            
2011     1 106    
2012     16 92    
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
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PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
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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.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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