Statistical Country Profiles

Switzerland

Population (Million): 8.52 (2018)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 502.64 (2018)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2009

35,745

358,003

123,839

424.41

2010

39,425

410,825

140,637

437.15

2011

38,786

413,578

167,257

444.55

2012

42,018

433,847

134,344

449.02

2013

44,997

481,537

165,536

457.34

2014

44,409

478,843

171,878

468.54

2015

45,966

449,606

188,122

474.79

2016

47,121

485,857

145,538

482.39

2017

44,575

487,811

159,158

490.19

2018

46,659

499,593

153,532

502.64

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

7,550

394

28,195

2010

8,364

533

31,061

2011

8,002

446

30,784

2012

8,101

1,508

33,917

2013

8,187

631

36,810

2014

8,334

568

36,075

2015

8,573

446

37,393

2016

8,729

309

38,392

2017

8,622

291

35,953

2018

9,204

332

37,455

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

2,805

377

11,503

2010

2,850

280

13,693

2011

2,773

125

14,918

2012

2,887

167

16,742

2013

3,027

174

16,869

2014

3,231

241

17,486

2015

3,446

278

18,743

2016

4,327

201

21,609

2017

4,473

230

21,661

2018

4,872

194

21,237

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2009

120,178

2010

123,033

2011

143,253

2012

148,020

2013

148,759

2014

144,859

2015

162,761

2016

193,883

2017

208,022

2018

244,581

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

410

2010

 

 

465

2011

 

 

514

2012

 

 

513

2013

 

 

574

2014

 

 

624

2015

 

 

511

2016

 

 

660

2017

 

 

479

2018

 

 

483

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

39,220

44,971

318,783

2010

35,238

46,289

375,587

2011

34,582

48,969

378,996

2012

36,862

47,551

396,985

2013

35,137

48,281

446,400

2014

34,862

47,672

443,981

2015

38,564

49,454

411,042

2016

36,758

52,695

449,099

2017

42,007

52,488

445,804

2018

41,468

54,608

458,125

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

31,105

48,348

324,799

2010

31,392

45,017

405,018

2011

31,743

49,673

365,084

2012

29,708

49,782

380,133

2013

31,726

47,243

416,367

2014

32,284

47,419

408,578

2015

31,286

51,886

428,296

2016

34,403

47,794

383,314

2017

32,772

55,012

436,511

2018

34,448

55,957

426,706

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

3,704

6,187

120,135

2010

4,182

6,716

136,455

2011

4,471

6,938

162,786

2012

3,991

8,208

130,353

2013

4,095

7,762

161,441

2014

4,244

9,041

167,634

2015

4,800

8,295

183,322

2016

3,817

7,920

141,721

2017

4,301

8,773

154,857

2018

3,446

8,194

150,086

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

3,375

6,340

116,333

2010

4,312

7,309

143,568

2011

6,392

12,417

192,596

2012

3,795

8,220

120,805

2013

4,047

7,682

163,407

2014

3,968

8,568

160,591

2015

4,555

7,534

163,418

2016

3,652

7,567

166,707

2017

4,199

8,815

157,144

2018

3,274

7,351

145,260

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2009

3,677

2,858

487

2010

3,762

3,188

580

2011

4,046

3,195

603

2012

4,225

3,127

581

2013

4,377

3,183

658

2014

4,099

3,394

640

2015

4,257

3,149

738

2016

4,369

3,069

694

2017

4,488

3,269

676

2018

4,568

3,364

648

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

19

42

17,824

2010

18

47

19,784

2011

16

37

19,334

2012

25

43

20,799

2013

24

51

23,161

2014

13

63

22,459

2015

21

61

22,663

2016

18

45

23,432

2017

13

59

21,895

2018

16

66

23,504

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2016

2017

2018

ABB SCHWEIZ AG

50

328

419

NOVARTIS AG

167

200

241

PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.

153

266

214

NESTEC S.A.

302

255

200

F. HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE AG

153

206

179

GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH

66

82

110

SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS AG

99

84

96

INVENTIO AG

77

99

87

TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.

76

90

67

SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG

50

61

63

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2016

2017

2018

NOVARTIS AG

93

96

174

SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS AG

44

32

47

SOCIETE DES PRODUITS NESTLE S.A.

67

61

45

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH EUROPE SA

57

82

37

PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.

27

59

36

CLARIANT AG

14

18

30

ACINO PHARMA AG

16

11

28

CHANEL SARL

27

16

25

GIVAUDAN S.A.

4

8

21

JT INTERNATIONAL S.A.

13

11

21

 

Hague Top Applicants

Hague Applicant

2016

2017

2018

SWATCH AG

420

265

230

RICHEMONT INTERNATIONAL S.A.

114

117

105

SOCIETE DES PRODUITS NESTLE S.A.

58

43

105

CARTIER INTERNATIONAL AG

103

66

81

GEBERIT INTERNATIONAL AG

79

109

77

ZEHNDER GROUP INTERNATIONAL AG

7

35

77

STEFAN WULLSCHLEGER

 

 

71

VITRA PATENTE AG

57

36

67

BELLICON AG

100

10

62

PI-DESIGN AG

28

19

57

 

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.
• Switzerland 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.
• 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.