Statistical Country Profiles

Germany

Population (Million): 82.70 (2017)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 3,740.23 (2017)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark

Industrial Design

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2008

171,835

1,806,827

586,673

3,365.65

2009

162,332

1,745,954

530,833

3,176.54

2010

173,619

1,999,020

556,584

3,306.14

2011

175,606

2,105,613

564,082

3,427.14

2012

183,048

2,124,688

618,289

3,444.00

2013

184,493

2,193,102

621,807

3,460.86

2014

179,506

2,103,796

648,210

3,527.65

2015

175,423

2,273,976

573,271

3,589.14

2016

177,072

2,298,647

636,395

3,658.90

2017

176,235

2,385,482

676,139

3,740.23

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

75,900

13,177

95,935

2009

72,971

11,724

89,361

2010

74,401

12,198

99,218

2011

73,216

12,458

102,390

2012

73,905

14,720

109,143

2013

73,929

15,814

110,564

2014

73,826

17,811

105,680

2015

72,217

19,509

103,206

2016

73,574

19,419

103,498

2017

73,345

19,927

102,890

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

26,137

4,669

42,602

2009

21,668

4,151

43,177

2010

22,183

4,048

48,469

2011

21,789

3,511

51,015

2012

21,485

3,168

55,592

2013

23,209

4,066

58,082

2014

23,714

4,396

59,404

2015

24,530

4,384

62,309

2016

29,522

4,860

70,155

2017

29,353

5,089

69,510

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2008

509,879

2009

519,209

2010

514,046

2011

527,917

2012

549,521

2013

569,340

2014

576,273

2015

602,013

2016

617,307

2017

657,749

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

14,047

3,020

392

2009

14,242

3,064

492

2010

13,694

3,311

483

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

1,005

2017

9,479

3,822

1,134

 

Trademark

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

272,646

29,356

1,534,181

2009

250,797

22,508

1,495,157

2010

257,953

23,923

1,741,067

2011

246,240

24,657

1,859,373

2012

237,775

20,994

1,886,913

2013

238,981

21,053

1,954,121

2014

245,013

20,530

1,858,783

2015

258,296

19,620

2,015,680

2016

257,443

19,684

2,041,204

2017

273,749

22,516

2,111,733

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

197,343

23,165

1,547,782

2009

196,352

20,520

1,535,988

2010

204,546

17,784

1,747,891

2011

207,208

17,637

1,715,762

2012

192,884

16,225

1,749,159

2013

184,225

16,332

1,733,108

2014

190,206

15,319

1,684,567

2015

191,015

16,857

1,785,398

2016

206,413

15,945

1,806,585

2017

205,314

18,842

1,888,276

 

Industrial Design

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

56,968

13,424

529,705

2009

54,051

10,663

476,782

2010

58,854

10,869

497,730

2011

60,562

12,519

503,520

2012

63,853

12,637

554,436

2013

66,590

10,660

555,217

2014

67,737

14,307

580,473

2015

63,610

11,329

509,661

2016

66,631

10,155

569,764

2017

61,094

6,994

615,045

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

56,393

14,861

525,664

2009

47,571

7,671

481,538

2010

54,329

13,914

477,056

2011

58,157

10,482

495,701

2012

58,229

12,672

517,846

2013

63,418

10,657

555,396

2014

62,837

10,168

557,959

2015

57,299

12,053

495,470

2016

61,688

8,379

552,842

2017

61,498

8,195

599,524

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2008

18,856

7,374

406

2009

16,793

6,241

408

2010

17,560

6,649

531

2011

18,846

6,989

584

2012

18,749

6,671

663

2013

17,922

6,755

643

2014

17,983

6,572

656

2015

18,004

6,815

645

2016

18,307

7,545

733

2017

18,948

7,319

719

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

892

2,770

54,581

2009

1,015

2,630

51,366

2010

905

2,823

57,905

2011

690

2,256

60,148

2012

936

3,554

61,998

2013

1,041

4,212

64,978

2014

852

5,190

61,647

2015

922

5,521

59,685

2016

1,175

5,150

58,955

2017

1,046

5,192

58,168

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2015

2016

2017

ROBERT BOSCH CORPORATION

1,247

1,274

1,354

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

1,292

1,138

1,063

BASF SE

735

598

556

SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG

608

406

489

BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

340

383

414

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH

286

304

335

HENKEL KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT AUF AKTIEN

259

351

292

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

323

252

279

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG

229

214

255

BSH HAUSGERATE GMBH

197

282

233

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2015

2016

2017

ADP GAUSELMANN GMBH

26

29

104

BRILLUX GMBH & CO. KG

16

61

73

BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

40

117

70

LIDL STIFTUNG & CO. KG

143

112

56

BEIERSDORF AG

24

27

50

BSH HAUSGERATE GMBH

33

42

46

MERCK KGAA

28

40

45

HENKEL KGAA

53

53

43

VOLKSWAGEN AG

41

30

41

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH

9

21

38

 

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.
• Germany 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.
• 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. 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.