Statistical Country Profiles



Switzerland

Population (Million): 8.70 (2021)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 615.73 (2021)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2012

42,320

433,821

134,317

531.31

2013

45,088

481,055

165,560

540.99

2014

44,491

478,861

171,886

554.23

2015

46,063

449,440

188,194

563.42

2016

47,220

486,680

145,664

574.94

2017

44,583

488,183

159,274

584.05

2018

46,754

499,474

154,353

601.09

2019

46,147

529,845

148,697

608.37

2020

44,806

497,272

143,025

593.81

2021

48,244

564,405

117,813

615.73

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2012

8,101

1,508

34,219

2013

8,187

631

36,901

2014

8,334

568

36,157

2015

8,573

446

37,490

2016

8,729

309

38,491

2017

8,622

291

35,961

2018

9,204

332

37,550

2019

9,617

348

36,530

2020

9,492

301

35,314

2021

9,732

267

38,512

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2012

2,887

167

16,815

2013

3,027

174

16,876

2014

3,231

241

17,508

2015

3,446

278

18,751

2016

4,327

201

21,630

2017

4,473

230

21,688

2018

4,872

194

21,237

2019

5,199

179

22,144

2020

5,444

198

22,696

2021

4,428

214

22,308

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

2012

148,020

2013

148,759

2014

144,859

2015

162,761

2016

193,883

2017

208,022

2018

244,581

2019

246,124

2020

250,143

2021

264,909

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2012

 

 

513

2013

 

 

574

2014

 

 

624

2015

 

 

511

2016

 

 

660

2017

 

 

479

2018

 

 

483

2019

 

 

430

2020

 

 

458

2021

 

 

455

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2012

36,866

47,547

396,955

2013

35,137

48,281

445,918

2014

34,868

47,670

443,993

2015

38,565

49,453

410,875

2016

36,761

52,692

449,919

2017

42,010

52,490

446,173

2018

41,468

54,566

458,006

2019

40,712

55,608

489,133

2020

45,038

56,049

452,234

2021

46,410

70,171

517,995

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2012

29,708

49,785

380,253

2013

31,730

47,239

416,488

2014

32,287

47,407

408,356

2015

31,290

51,882

428,244

2016

34,406

47,790

383,418

2017

32,775

55,010

437,098

2018

34,448

55,971

426,855

2019

36,108

58,363

495,779

2020

38,061

57,475

448,851

2021

41,287

63,001

463,463

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2012

3,991

8,208

130,326

2013

4,095

7,762

161,465

2014

4,244

9,041

167,642

2015

4,800

8,295

183,394

2016

3,817

7,920

141,847

2017

4,301

8,773

154,973

2018

3,458

8,239

150,895

2019

3,334

9,292

145,363

2020

2,915

7,245

140,110

2021

3,403

8,405

114,410

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2012

3,764

7,902

120,324

2013

4,047

7,682

163,414

2014

3,968

8,568

160,693

2015

4,555

7,534

163,466

2016

3,652

7,567

166,807

2017

4,199

8,815

157,321

2018

3,274

7,351

145,713

2019

3,154

8,062

140,840

2020

3,147

9,003

145,027

2021

3,297

7,549

107,324

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

2012

4,225

3,130

581

2013

4,377

3,185

658

2014

4,100

3,396

640

2015

4,257

3,149

738

2016

4,368

3,071

694

2017

4,485

3,271

676

2018

4,595

3,384

648

2019

4,648

3,722

600

2020

5,135

3,510

530

2021

5,443

3,846

548

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2012

2,729

43

21,085

2013

2,953

51

23,249

2014

3,022

63

22,542

2015

3,041

61

22,757

2016

3,022

45

23,525

2017

3,017

59

21,902

2018

3,352

66

23,597

2019

3,287

60

22,549

2020

3,156

69

21,360

2021

3,517

63

25,122

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2019

2020

2021

ABB SCHWEIZ AG

333

376

280

F. HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE AG

177

216

237

PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.

209

205

237

NESTEC S.A.

184

187

229

JT INTERNATIONAL S.A.

53

104

207

ABB POWER GRIDS SWITZERLAND AG

 

50

127

SYNGENTA CROP PROTECTION AG

11

115

115

NOVARTIS AG

179

109

112

ALCON, INC.

23

81

97

INVENTIO AG

73

95

88

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2019

2020

2021

NOVARTIS AG

129

233

94

SYNGENTA CROP PROTECTION AG

30

78

85

SOCIETE DES PRODUITS NESTLE S.A.

41

64

76

COMITE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIQUE

9

4

54

F. HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE AG

38

43

42

PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.

28

20

41

GALDERMA HOLDING S.A.

 

2

38

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH EUROPE SA

38

48

36

FIRMENICH SA

8

9

27

PATEK PHILIPPE SA GENEVE

 

 

24

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2019

2020

2021

HARRY WINSTON SA

94

132

196

JT INTERNATIONAL S.A.

28

52

158

RICHEMONT INTERNATIONA SA

99

101

112

CHOCOLADEFABRIKEN LINDT & SPRUNGLI AG

118

24

110

INVENTIO AG

 

33

99

CARTIER INTERNATIONAL AG

70

125

87

T.R.B. INTERNATIONAL S.A.

72

47

84

NOVARTIS AG

25

42

67

SWATCH AG

178

54

59

GARTENFEUER.CH GMBH

 

 

55

 

Source: WIPO statistics database; last updated: 11/2022

• 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.
• Switzerland 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.
• 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.