Statistical Country Profiles

Germany

Population (Million): 82.93 (2018)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 3,811.31 (2018)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2009

162,367

1,745,954

574,748

3,176.54

2010

173,656

1,999,020

602,824

3,306.14

2011

175,640

2,105,613

611,863

3,427.14

2012

183,044

2,124,688

668,020

3,444.00

2013

184,488

2,193,102

656,474

3,460.86

2014

179,502

2,103,795

686,041

3,536.24

2015

175,420

2,273,976

620,561

3,597.74

2016

177,175

2,296,896

696,073

3,678.41

2017

176,405

2,384,971

728,703

3,757.76

2018

180,086

2,355,796

643,987

3,811.31

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

72,971

11,724

89,396

2010

74,401

12,198

99,255

2011

73,216

12,458

102,424

2012

73,905

14,720

109,139

2013

73,929

15,814

110,559

2014

73,826

17,811

105,676

2015

72,217

19,509

103,203

2016

73,574

19,419

103,601

2017

73,345

19,927

103,060

2018

73,333

21,281

106,753

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

21,668

4,151

43,205

2010

22,183

4,048

48,481

2011

21,789

3,511

51,024

2012

21,485

3,168

55,595

2013

23,209

4,066

58,084

2014

23,714

4,396

59,413

2015

24,530

4,384

62,327

2016

29,522

4,860

70,191

2017

29,353

5,089

69,603

2018

31,583

5,578

69,973

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

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

2018

703,606

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

1,006

2017

9,479

3,822

1,134

2018

8,800

3,507

1,167

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

1,858,782

2015

258,296

19,619

2,015,680

2016

257,439

19,680

2,039,457

2017

273,710

22,559

2,111,261

2018

265,372

24,232

2,090,424

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

196,352

20,519

1,535,953

2010

204,546

17,784

1,747,817

2011

207,208

17,635

1,715,743

2012

192,884

16,237

1,749,139

2013

184,222

16,326

1,733,052

2014

190,206

15,317

1,684,519

2015

191,014

16,848

1,785,368

2016

206,431

15,966

1,806,877

2017

205,365

18,886

1,891,353

2018

203,468

20,975

1,930,116

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

55,514

10,093

519,234

2010

60,479

10,228

542,345

2011

62,129

12,071

549,734

2012

65,484

12,110

602,536

2013

67,800

10,440

588,674

2014

69,251

13,965

616,790

2015

65,293

11,173

555,268

2016

68,613

9,917

627,460

2017

63,016

6,694

665,687

2018

59,699

5,645

584,288

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

49,127

7,050

526,370

2010

56,560

13,847

534,125

2011

61,719

15,923

570,843

2012

59,980

12,339

565,898

2013

64,867

10,372

596,935

2014

64,330

9,797

595,315

2015

58,692

11,733

531,482

2016

63,223

8,241

598,183

2017

63,558

7,927

656,306

2018

63,601

5,588

582,789

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2009

16,793

6,241

407

2010

17,560

6,649

535

2011

18,846

6,989

591

2012

18,749

6,671

674

2013

17,922

6,755

644

2014

17,983

6,572

646

2015

18,004

6,815

659

2016

18,307

7,545

739

2017

18,951

7,319

721

2018

19,883

7,495

711

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

1,015

2,630

51,401

2010

905

2,823

57,944

2011

690

2,256

60,182

2012

936

3,554

61,996

2013

1,041

4,212

64,976

2014

852

5,190

61,648

2015

922

5,521

59,684

2016

1,175

5,150

59,055

2017

1,046

5,192

58,356

2018

1,007

6,020

60,525

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2016

2017

2018

ROBERT BOSCH CORPORATION

1,274

1,354

1,524

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

1,138

1,063

1,211

SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG

406

489

613

BASF SE

598

556

557

BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

383

414

414

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR F�RDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

252

279

345

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH

304

335

330

AUDI AG

295

194

300

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG

214

255

289

HENKEL KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT AUF AKTIEN

351

292

283

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2016

2017

2018

DAIMLER AG

71

37

129

HENKEL AG & CO. KGAA

53

43

86

BRILLUX GMBH & CO. KG

61

73

68

BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

117

70

52

ADP GAUSELMANN GMBH

29

104

38

BEIERSDORF AG

27

50

38

VOLKSWAGEN AG

30

41

38

COTY BRANDS MANAGEMENT GMBH

1

20

36

DERMAPHARM AG

5

16

33

ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS GMBH

21

10

32

 

Hague Top Applicants

Hague Applicant

2016

2017

2018

WENKO-WENSELAAR GMBH & CO. KG

163

310

282

VOLKSWAGEN AG

345

353

268

THOMAS SABO GMBH & CO. KG

87

154

195

EIS GMBH

2

29

105

BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

11

94

103

CANDY POLSTERMOBEL GMBH

53

73

93

DAIMLER AG

86

84

87

ALFRED KARCHER GMBH & CO. KG

84

98

79

LIDL STIFTUNG & CO. KG

25

68

79

AUDI AG

30

101

74

 

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.
• 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.