Statistical Country Profiles

Belgium

Population (Million): 11.42 (2018)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 493.64 (2018)

 

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2009

10,108

199,044

35,186

43,335.19

2010

11,815

205,410

40,287

44,205.10

2011

11,743

204,308

48,042

44,696.27

2012

12,136

196,835

39,786

44,516.37

2013

11,723

227,924

34,402

44,333.85

2014

12,184

222,818

35,359

44,619.42

2015

12,392

254,008

34,623

45,108.85

2016

12,968

251,394

36,051

45,496.47

2017

13,778

258,798

41,126

45,979.44

2018

14,587

258,020

37,942

 

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

2,299

148

7,809

2010

2,660

140

9,155

2011

2,630

127

9,113

2012

2,656

127

9,480

2013

2,600

161

9,123

2014

2,811

137

9,373

2015

2,988

148

9,404

2016

3,240

119

9,728

2017

3,158

216

10,620

2018

3,251

218

11,336

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

852

95

3,372

2010

1,066

108

3,965

2011

1,126

117

4,103

2012

1,363

175

4,881

2013

1,356

125

4,831

2014

1,049

46

4,978

2015

1,341

93

5,028

2016

2,484

252

5,655

2017

2,072

157

5,902

2018

2,232

152

6,020

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2009

91,515

2010

89,999

2011

90,468

2012

90,463

2013

92,460

2014

90,012

2015

90,648

2016

97,639

2017

130,967

2018

 

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

41

2010

 

 

44

2011

 

 

61

2012

 

 

53

2013

 

 

68

2014

 

 

51

2015

 

 

86

2016

 

 

102

2017

 

 

91

2018

 

 

122

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

19,891

 

179,153

2010

20,731

 

184,679

2011

20,037

 

184,271

2012

20,523

 

176,312

2013

22,243

 

205,681

2014

21,415

 

201,403

2015

24,414

 

229,594

2016

24,238

 

227,156

2017

24,246

 

234,552

2018

23,470

 

234,550

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

4,354

 

129,473

2010

5,913

 

168,858

2011

17,602

 

170,963

2012

5,137

 

147,899

2013

4,859

 

148,517

2014

5,240

 

156,399

2015

20,798

 

202,999

2016

21,250

 

207,849

2017

21,911

 

214,298

2018

20,254

 

207,033

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

1,469

 

33,717

2010

1,714

 

38,573

2011

1,894

 

46,148

2012

1,560

 

38,226

2013

1,370

 

33,032

2014

1,439

 

33,920

2015

1,566

 

33,057

2016

1,499

 

34,552

2017

1,646

 

39,480

2018

1,509

 

36,433

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

1,371

 

32,454

2010

1,637

 

38,459

2011

1,728

 

42,810

2012

1,488

 

36,415

2013

1,355

 

33,515

2014

1,304

 

31,816

2015

1,533

 

32,990

2016

1,350

 

31,519

2017

1,615

 

38,981

2018

1,530

 

36,431

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2009

1,005

719

29

2010

1,066

732

36

2011

1,188

698

44

2012

1,212

714

50

2013

1,103

768

42

2014

1,196

730

34

2015

1,179

791

55

2016

1,219

696

53

2017

1,354

775

72

2018

1,295

756

79

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

5,085

2010

 

 

5,833

2011

 

 

5,792

2012

 

 

6,112

2013

 

 

5,871

2014

 

 

6,000

2015

 

 

5,875

2016

 

 

5,972

2017

 

 

6,833

2018

 

 

7,661

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2016

2017

2018

JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICA N.V.

48

49

57

TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE NV/SA

16

27

43

WABCO EUROPE BVBA

15

11

40

ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV NV

16

13

31

AGFA NV

12

13

29

PLASTIC OMNIUM ADVANCED INNOVATION AND RESEARCH

14

21

29

K.U. LEUVEN RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

24

14

28

SOLVAY (SOCIETE ANONYME)

41

51

28

COMMSCOPE CONNECTIVITY BELGIUM BVBA

17

42

25

UCB BIOPHARMA SPRL

28

46

24

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2016

2017

2018

JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICA N.V.

23

62

21

DRYLOCK TECHNOLOGIES, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP

1

8

16

RECTICEL S.A.

10

8

12

N.V. BISCUITS DELACRE S.A.

 

 

11

WABCO EUROPE BVBA

1

 

10

GLOBACHEM

 

5

9

OMEGA PHARMA INNOVATION & DEVELOPMENT NV

8

19

8

PURATOS

 

 

8

BELGOSUC NV

 

 

7

IMPEXTRACO, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP

 

 

7

 

Hague Top Applicants

Hague Applicant

2016

2017

2018

DE POORTERE DECO, SOCIETE ANONYME

14

10

31

NMC, SOCIETE ANONYME

29

18

28

BRIDGESTONE EUROPE NV/SA

 

6

14

MP GROUP NV

 

1

10

BABYLISS FACO SPRL

 

13

8

SPILDOOREN FREDERIC

 

 

7

CLICFORMERS NV

 

3

6

DIAROUGH NV

 

1

6

JORI, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP

8

6

5

ETEX SERVICES NV

 

 

4

 

Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated: 10/2019

• The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from WIPO's operational databases. 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.
• Belgium 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.
• Belgium 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.
• Belgium 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.
• Application class count: The number of classes specified in a trademark application. In the international trademark system and at certain national and regional offices, an applicant can file a trademark application that specifies one or more of the 45 goods and services classes of the Nice Classification. Offices use a single- or multi-class filing system. For example, the offices of Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America (US) as well as many European IP offices have multi-class filing systems. The offices of Brazil, Malaysia and Mexico follow a single-class filing system, requiring a separate application for each class in which an applicant seeks trademark protection. To capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration class counts.
• Application design count: The number of designs contained in an industrial design application. Under the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, it is possible for an applicant to obtain protection for up to 100 industrial designs for products belonging to one and the same class by filing a single application. Some national or regional IP offices allow applications to contain more than one design for the same product or within the same class, while others allow only one design per application. In order to capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration design counts.
• Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.