Statistical Country Profiles



Belgium

Population (Million): 11.56 (2020)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 557.12 (2020)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2011

11,765

204,308

48,035

44,696.27

2012

12,271

196,789

39,747

44,516.37

2013

11,728

227,797

34,395

44,333.85

2014

12,199

222,822

35,355

44,619.42

2015

12,410

253,992

34,618

45,108.85

2016

12,991

251,421

36,053

45,496.47

2017

13,777

258,820

41,152

45,979.44

2018

14,591

258,040

37,989

 

2019

14,229

252,613

33,567

 

2020

13,472

269,775

34,785

 

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

2,630

127

9,135

2012

2,656

127

9,615

2013

2,600

161

9,128

2014

2,811

137

9,388

2015

2,988

148

9,422

2016

3,240

119

9,751

2017

3,158

216

10,619

2018

3,251

218

11,340

2019

3,308

257

10,921

2020

3,252

288

10,220

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

1,126

117

4,103

2012

1,363

175

4,947

2013

1,356

125

4,832

2014

1,049

46

4,986

2015

1,341

93

5,029

2016

2,484

252

5,661

2017

2,072

157

5,907

2018

2,232

152

6,020

2019

2,200

185

6,367

2020

2,157

217

6,528

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

2011

90,468

2012

90,463

2013

92,460

2014

90,012

2015

90,648

2016

97,639

2017

130,967

2018

155,083

2019

208,313

2020

209,751

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

61

2012

 

 

53

2013

 

 

68

2014

 

 

51

2015

 

 

86

2016

 

 

102

2017

 

 

91

2018

 

 

122

2019

 

 

142

2020

 

 

125

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

20,037

 

184,271

2012

20,523

 

176,266

2013

22,243

 

205,554

2014

21,415

 

201,407

2015

24,414

 

229,578

2016

24,239

 

227,182

2017

24,246

 

234,574

2018

23,470

 

234,570

2019

20,009

 

232,604

2020

23,305

 

246,470

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

17,602

 

170,963

2012

5,137

 

147,898

2013

4,859

 

148,511

2014

5,239

 

156,433

2015

20,798

 

202,996

2016

21,250

 

207,890

2017

21,912

 

214,308

2018

20,254

 

207,038

2019

19,500

 

219,723

2020

18,758

 

210,220

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

1,894

 

46,141

2012

1,560

 

38,187

2013

1,370

 

33,025

2014

1,439

 

33,916

2015

1,566

 

33,052

2016

1,499

 

34,554

2017

1,646

 

39,506

2018

1,510

 

36,479

2019

1,349

 

32,218

2020

1,440

 

33,345

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

1,728

 

41,327

2012

1,488

 

36,072

2013

1,355

 

33,523

2014

1,304

 

31,825

2015

1,533

 

32,995

2016

1,350

 

31,548

2017

1,615

 

38,996

2018

1,530

 

36,464

2019

1,331

 

32,607

2020

1,367

 

32,982

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

2011

1,188

698

44

2012

1,212

713

50

2013

1,103

767

42

2014

1,196

731

34

2015

1,180

791

55

2016

1,219

697

53

2017

1,354

775

72

2018

1,301

750

80

2019

1,355

742

47

2020

1,312

724

77

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

704

 

5,814

2012

704

 

6,245

2013

766

 

5,876

2014

816

 

6,015

2015

837

 

5,893

2016

830

 

5,995

2017

858

 

6,832

2018

960

 

7,665

2019

981

 

7,138

2020

978

 

6,669

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

AGFA NV

29

51

54

JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICA N.V.

57

40

54

AGC GLASS EUROPE

21

48

51

TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE NV/SA

43

51

48

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

22

27

34

ATLAS COPCO AIRPOWER, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP

18

19

33

K.U. LEUVEN RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

28

41

30

BRIDGESTONE EUROPE NV/SA

3

24

28

SCHREDER S.A.

2

21

27

CNH BELGIUM N.V.

23

9

26

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

GAMING1

 

 

21

JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICA N.V.

21

27

20

NIKO GROUP NV

 

 

17

OMEGA PHARMA INNOVATION & DEVELOPMENT NV

7

17

13

MOHAMMED SAGHIR MECHBAL

 

 

12

ASTRA SWEETS NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP

3

 

10

GLOBACHEM

9

 

10

ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV S.A.

3

 

8

RECTICEL S.A.

12

1

8

LATEXCO N.V.

 

 

7

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

DRYLOCK TECHNOLOGIES NV

 

195

150

BABYLISS FACO SRL

 

 

23

BRIDGESTONE EUROPE NV/SA

14

18

16

VASCO GROUP NV

 

4

11

GODIVA BELGIUM B.V. / S.R.L.

 

 

8

NMC, SOCIETE ANONYME

28

6

8

NIKO GROUP NV

 

 

6

BABYLISS FACO SPRL

8

16

5

GLOBETRADE DELUCO

 

1

5

ADOOR ME SZS, SOCIETE PRIVEE A RESPONSABILITE LIMITEE

 

 

4

 

Source: WIPO statistics database; last updated: 11/2021

• 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 application at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) or the Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC Patent Office) is multiplied by the corresponding number of member states ; whereas one application at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one application abroad if the applicant does not reside in a member state, or as one resident application and one application abroad (two applications) if the applicant resides in a member state, due to lack of information on designations.
• Belgium is a member of the European Patent Convention. 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. 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: Department for Economics and Data Analytics, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: ipstats.mail@wipo.int.