Statistical Country Profiles



Germany

Population (Million): 83.24 (2020)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 4,238.80 (2020)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2011

175,795

2,105,470

609,609

3,988.43

2012

183,666

2,124,169

667,228

4,005.12

2013

184,615

2,191,656

656,118

4,022.65

2014

179,643

2,103,741

685,657

4,111.53

2015

175,559

2,273,726

620,043

4,172.87

2016

177,327

2,296,899

695,957

4,265.93

2017

176,406

2,383,138

728,971

4,376.93

2018

180,091

2,354,653

644,666

4,432.43

2019

178,359

2,411,174

605,170

4,457.05

2020

168,005

2,704,423

581,330

4,238.80

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

73,216

12,458

102,579

2012

73,905

14,720

109,761

2013

73,929

15,814

110,686

2014

73,826

17,811

105,817

2015

72,217

19,509

103,342

2016

73,574

19,419

103,753

2017

73,345

19,927

103,061

2018

73,333

21,281

106,758

2019

73,448

20,802

104,911

2020

68,214

19,845

99,791

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

21,789

3,511

51,022

2012

21,485

3,168

55,759

2013

23,209

4,066

58,125

2014

23,714

4,396

59,442

2015

24,530

4,384

62,333

2016

29,522

4,860

70,225

2017

29,353

5,089

69,645

2018

31,583

5,578

69,973

2019

32,959

6,485

72,217

2020

31,139

6,221

70,306

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

2011

527,917

2012

549,521

2013

569,340

2014

576,273

2015

602,013

2016

617,307

2017

657,749

2018

703,606

2019

772,358

2020

834,734

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

12,759

3,265

651

2012

11,946

3,551

819

2013

11,644

3,826

1,005

2014

10,947

3,794

1,178

2015

10,358

3,916

1,008

2016

10,099

3,931

1,006

2017

9,479

3,822

1,134

2018

8,800

3,507

1,167

2019

8,432

3,236

1,083

2020

8,895

3,423

1,030

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

246,236

24,657

1,859,234

2012

237,775

20,994

1,886,394

2013

238,981

21,053

1,952,675

2014

245,012

20,535

1,858,729

2015

258,295

19,620

2,015,431

2016

257,438

19,688

2,039,461

2017

273,707

22,561

2,109,431

2018

265,371

24,198

2,089,282

2019

282,474

25,388

2,128,700

2020

319,255

26,332

2,385,168

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

207,203

17,635

1,715,568

2012

192,888

16,237

1,749,250

2013

184,222

16,328

1,733,049

2014

190,209

15,317

1,684,574

2015

191,014

16,849

1,785,731

2016

206,429

15,976

1,807,145

2017

205,366

18,929

1,889,526

2018

203,471

20,994

1,928,350

2019

213,992

23,336

1,965,653

2020

232,282

23,619

2,095,620

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

62,070

12,066

547,539

2012

65,484

12,110

601,744

2013

67,800

10,440

588,318

2014

69,251

13,965

616,406

2015

65,293

11,173

554,750

2016

68,613

9,917

627,344

2017

63,016

6,694

665,955

2018

59,717

5,661

584,949

2019

56,159

7,480

549,011

2020

54,630

4,874

526,700

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

59,532

10,023

537,864

2012

59,775

12,193

560,281

2013

64,867

10,372

596,293

2014

64,330

9,797

595,000

2015

58,692

11,733

530,851

2016

63,223

8,241

597,881

2017

63,558

7,927

656,578

2018

63,601

5,588

583,260

2019

54,664

5,535

509,053

2020

52,987

4,587

546,113

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

2011

18,846

6,987

591

2012

18,749

6,670

674

2013

17,922

6,755

644

2014

17,983

6,569

646

2015

18,004

6,816

659

2016

18,308

7,542

739

2017

18,955

7,313

721

2018

19,758

7,539

713

2019

19,345

7,699

777

2020

18,538

7,326

703

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

12,311

2,256

60,328

2012

13,136

3,554

62,567

2013

13,590

4,212

65,098

2014

12,781

5,190

61,785

2015

12,371

5,521

59,816

2016

12,548

5,150

59,198

2017

12,290

5,192

58,352

2018

12,793

6,020

60,530

2019

13,139

6,407

60,201

2020

12,678

6,354

57,080

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

ROBERT BOSCH CORPORATION

1,525

1,687

1,375

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

1,211

1,153

1,202

BASF SE

557

573

542

SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG

613

442

529

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG

289

326

480

BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

414

516

463

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

345

331

428

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

205

249

379

HENKEL KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT AUF AKTIEN

283

250

326

AUDI AG

300

348

252

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

ADP GAUSELMANN GMBH

40

39

123

HENKEL AG & CO KGAA

88

77

60

BAYERISCHE MOTORENWERKE AKTIENGESELISCHAFT

51

78

51

BEIERSDORF AG

38

47

46

LIDL STIFTUNG & CO. KG

30

22

36

AUGUST STORCK KG

23

48

35

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM INTERNATIONAL GMBH

24

38

34

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH

23

36

34

STADA ARZNEIMITTEL AG

22

6

34

ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS GMBH

32

8

32

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

VOLKSWAGEN AG

268

536

524

WENKO-WENSELAAR GMBH & CO. KG

282

10

362

LAMPENWELT GMBH

 

 

276

BRAUN GMBH

14

89

238

DAIMLER AG

91

156

207

ALFRED KARCHER GMBH & CO

79

113

188

BSN MEDICAL GMBH

 

46

184

THOMAS SABO GMBH & CO. KG

195

177

121

CANDY POLSTERMOBEL GMBH

93

101

116

EIS GMBH

105

68

109

 

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.
• Germany 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.
• Germany 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.