Statistical Country Profiles



Germany

Population (Million): 83.13 (2021)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 4,400.10 (2021)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2012

183,666

2,124,194

667,228

4,011.03

2013

184,615

2,191,656

656,118

4,028.58

2014

179,643

2,103,741

685,657

4,117.60

2015

175,559

2,273,726

620,043

4,179.03

2016

177,327

2,296,899

695,957

4,272.22

2017

176,406

2,383,138

728,971

4,386.73

2018

180,091

2,354,653

644,666

4,434.37

2019

178,359

2,411,718

605,434

4,481.17

2020

168,092

2,705,656

581,330

4,276.40

2021

165,750

2,946,058

540,676

4,400.10

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

99,878

2021

65,757

18,747

99,993

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

70,314

2021

29,347

8,273

67,967

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

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

2021

877,763

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

2021

7,025

3,551

966

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2012

237,775

20,994

1,886,419

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

19,687

2,039,461

2017

273,707

22,561

2,109,431

2018

265,371

24,199

2,089,282

2019

282,474

25,390

2,129,244

2020

319,251

26,336

2,386,405

2021

337,846

26,134

2,608,212

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2012

192,888

16,202

1,749,169

2013

184,222

16,290

1,732,972

2014

190,209

15,263

1,684,371

2015

191,014

16,797

1,785,210

2016

206,429

15,932

1,806,567

2017

205,366

18,821

1,889,198

2018

203,471

20,964

1,928,158

2019

213,992

23,301

1,966,024

2020

232,282

23,610

2,096,926

2021

270,132

24,047

2,365,076

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

56,167

7,480

549,267

2020

54,630

4,877

526,700

2021

51,395

3,549

489,281

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

2021

46,112

3,215

479,333

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

2012

18,749

6,671

674

2013

17,922

6,755

644

2014

17,983

6,569

646

2015

18,005

6,816

659

2016

18,308

7,542

739

2017

18,955

7,313

721

2018

19,758

7,539

713

2019

19,346

7,750

777

2020

18,492

7,458

703

2021

17,269

8,793

874

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

57,167

2021

12,499

6,057

58,507

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2019

2020

2021

Robert Bosch Corporation

1,687

1,375

1,213

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

1,153

1,202

623

Basf Se

573

542

552

Schaeffler Technologies Ag & Co. Kg

442

529

505

Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft

516

463

374

Fraunhofer-gesellschaft Zur Förderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.v.

331

428

343

Henkel Kommanditgesellschaft Auf Aktien

250

326

274

Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft

249

379

214

Daimler Ag

145

182

213

Zf Friedrichshafen Ag

326

480

207

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2019

2020

2021

Adp Gauselmann Gmbh

39

123

120

Henkel Ag & Co Kgaa

77

60

90

Beiersdorf Ag

47

47

60

Boehringer Ingelheim International Gmbh

38

34

58

Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft

78

51

56

Basf Se

39

14

50

Dermapharm Ag

31

18

50

Daimler Ag

24

29

37

Volkswagen Ag

34

27

35

Liesegang & Partner Mbb, Rechtsanwa Lte

 

 

33

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2019

2020

2021

Volkswagen Ag

536

524

403

Luqom Gmbh

 

 

216

Daimler Ag

156

207

178

Hansgrohe Se

20

75

114

Alfred Karcher Gmbh & Co

113

188

102

Herbert Kluth (gmbh & Co.kg)

 

 

100

Braun Gmbh

89

238

83

Eis Gmbh

68

109

78

Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft

57

59

70

Candy Polstermobel Gmbh

101

116

70

 

Source: WIPO statistics database; last updated: 12/2022

• 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.
• 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.