Statistical Country Profiles

Belgium

Population (Million): 11.37 (2017)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 485.12 (2017)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark

Industrial Design

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2008

11,270

169,584

30,714

 

2009

10,102

199,044

31,775

 

2010

11,807

205,410

35,647

 

2011

11,735

204,308

42,948

 

2012

12,136

196,835

35,116

 

2013

11,726

227,924

30,238

 

2014

12,184

222,818

32,309

 

2015

12,393

254,008

30,690

 

2016

12,946

251,504

32,544

 

2017

13,737

258,377

29,966

 

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

2,475

133

8,795

2009

2,299

148

7,803

2010

2,660

140

9,147

2011

2,630

127

9,105

2012

2,656

127

9,480

2013

2,600

161

9,126

2014

2,811

137

9,373

2015

2,988

148

9,405

2016

3,240

119

9,706

2017

3,158

216

10,579

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

993

131

3,038

2009

852

95

3,373

2010

1,066

108

3,965

2011

1,126

117

4,103

2012

1,363

175

4,882

2013

1,356

125

4,829

2014

1,049

46

4,978

2015

1,341

93

5,026

2016

2,484

252

5,644

2017

2,072

157

5,898

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2008

97,402

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

102,120

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

35

2009

 

 

41

2010

 

 

44

2011

 

 

61

2012

 

 

53

2013

 

 

68

2014

 

 

51

2015

 

 

86

2016

 

 

102

2017

 

 

91

 

Trademark

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

19,280

 

150,304

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

 

227,266

2017

24,236

 

234,141

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

3,545

 

111,915

2009

4,354

 

129,473

2010

5,913

 

168,858

2011

17,602

 

170,981

2012

5,137

 

147,901

2013

4,861

 

148,609

2014

5,240

 

156,423

2015

20,798

 

202,999

2016

21,250

 

207,863

2017

21,911

 

214,302

 

Industrial Design

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

1,255

 

29,459

2009

1,354

 

30,421

2010

1,561

 

34,086

2011

1,737

 

41,211

2012

1,441

 

33,675

2013

1,235

 

29,003

2014

1,344

 

30,965

2015

1,439

 

29,251

2016

1,369

 

31,175

2017

1,260

 

28,706

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

1,334

 

30,174

2009

1,289

 

30,221

2010

1,468

 

33,342

2011

1,600

 

38,158

2012

1,354

 

30,086

2013

1,217

 

29,599

2014

1,225

 

29,648

2015

1,393

 

28,481

2016

1,266

 

29,360

2017

1,275

 

29,483

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2008

1,135

928

28

2009

1,005

719

30

2010

1,066

732

37

2011

1,188

698

42

2012

1,212

714

51

2013

1,103

768

39

2014

1,196

730

35

2015

1,179

791

54

2016

1,219

696

54

2017

1,354

774

72

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

5,698

2009

 

 

5,079

2010

 

 

5,825

2011

 

 

5,783

2012

 

 

6,112

2013

 

 

5,871

2014

 

 

6,000

2015

 

 

5,876

2016

 

 

5,953

2017

 

 

6,785

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2015

2016

2017

SOLVAY (SOCIETE ANONYME)

56

41

51

JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICA N.V.

25

48

49

UCB BIOPHARMA SPRL

41

28

46

AGC GLASS EUROPE

23

32

44

COMMSCOPE CONNECTIVITY BELGIUM BVBA

 

17

42

AGFA GRAPHICS NV

42

25

34

TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE NV/SA

9

16

27

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

23

24

27

GLAXOSMITHKLINE BIOLOGICALS S.A.

27

18

26

BAYER BIOSCIENCE N.V.

11

12

23

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2015

2016

2017

JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICA N.V.

61

23

62

BELCHIM CROP PROTECTION, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP

9

5

20

OMEGA PHARMA INNOVATION & DEVELOPMENT NV

22

8

19

GLOBAL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BVBA

1

 

16

CORTINA N.V.

3

1

10

SOLVAY (SOCIETE ANONYME)

4

4

10

DRYLOCK TECHNOLOGIES, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP

 

1

8

IDEAL STANDARD INTERNATIONAL NV

 

1

8

LION S.A.

 

 

8

NUTRI-AD INTERNATIONAL, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP

 

2

8

 

Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated: 12/2018

• 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.