Statistical Country Profiles

France

Population (Million): 67.12 (2017)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 2,591.16 (2017)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark

Industrial Design

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2008

62,058

 

213,539

2,421.67

2009

60,834

 

224,716

2,350.44

2010

65,696

 

236,787

2,396.64

2011

67,166

 

211,965

2,446.48

2012

69,985

 

242,147

2,450.95

2013

71,083

1,093,876

259,693

2,465.07

2014

72,310

1,025,999

225,717

2,488.43

2015

72,550

1,100,260

212,380

2,514.99

2016

71,424

1,088,076

213,873

2,544.86

2017

70,939

1,147,830

226,670

2,591.16

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

23,709

1,761

38,349

2009

23,030

1,593

37,804

2010

24,278

1,832

41,418

2011

24,287

2,099

42,879

2012

24,442

2,092

45,543

2013

24,538

2,196

46,545

2014

25,116

2,033

47,194

2015

25,085

1,994

47,465

2016

24,714

2,012

46,710

2017

25,040

1,832

45,899

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

14,040

1,575

16,939

2009

13,259

1,301

16,900

2010

13,315

1,120

20,091

2011

13,616

1,398

21,377

2012

16,220

1,496

24,109

2013

15,145

1,170

26,926

2014

15,298

1,319

26,843

2015

16,468

1,656

27,480

2016

17,656

1,751

29,939

2017

17,530

1,649

30,001

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2008

439,075

2009

436,931

2010

435,915

2011

471,362

2012

490,941

2013

500,114

2014

510,490

2015

520,069

2016

535,554

2017

563,695

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

85

203

107

2009

195

218

152

2010

213

271

133

2011

211

295

256

2012

156

272

367

2013

200

280

397

2014

209

215

393

2015

205

255

412

2016

208

264

408

2017

174

254

458

 

Trademark

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

604,231

2009

 

 

613,505

2010

 

 

671,823

2011

 

 

729,113

2012

 

 

731,758

2013

306,899

17,002

786,977

2014

275,285

18,056

750,714

2015

290,514

17,466

809,746

2016

283,240

16,029

804,836

2017

279,632

17,452

868,198

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

564,033

2009

 

 

627,163

2010

 

 

734,494

2011

 

 

693,871

2012

 

 

682,503

2013

 

 

715,858

2014

 

 

724,869

2015

 

 

761,662

2016

 

 

766,866

2017

 

 

824,605

 

Industrial Design

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

21,452

2,447

192,087

2009

23,928

1,786

200,788

2010

24,282

1,840

212,505

2011

21,873

1,411

190,092

2012

22,373

1,509

219,774

2013

21,879

918

237,814

2014

21,447

1,214

204,270

2015

19,892

857

192,488

2016

20,314

1,076

193,559

2017

17,862

1,119

208,808

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

179,100

2009

 

 

173,570

2010

 

 

191,112

2011

 

 

196,641

2012

 

 

211,342

2013

 

 

219,416

2014

 

 

218,440

2015

 

 

186,271

2016

 

 

189,090

2017

 

 

204,165

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2008

7,076

4,328

232

2009

7,217

3,790

206

2010

7,231

3,796

243

2011

7,406

4,173

241

2012

7,801

4,094

308

2013

7,905

4,299

293

2014

8,261

3,811

334

2015

8,421

4,150

391

2016

8,210

4,124

417

2017

8,013

4,260

404

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

23,084

2009

 

 

23,353

2010

 

 

28,136

2011

 

 

29,679

2012

 

 

30,392

2013

 

 

31,147

2014

 

 

31,324

2015

 

 

31,883

2016

 

 

31,949

2017

 

 

31,155

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2015

2016

2017

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN - MICHELIN & CIE

313

343

411

L'OREAL

285

361

332

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

409

329

300

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE (INSERM)

137

146

199

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES

 

22

166

ALCATEL LUCENT

419

182

156

PEUGEOT CITROEN AUTOMOBILES SA

195

255

144

RENAULT S.A.S.

272

203

144

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)

137

135

143

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE

104

97

137

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2015

2016

2017

L'OREAL

130

150

198

BIOFARMA

81

75

61

CHANEL

22

29

25

HERMES INTERNATIONAL

26

4

25

LES GRANDS CHAIS DE FRANCE S.A.S.

2

4

21

OBERTHUR FIDUCIAIRE SAS

 

 

18

VISIOMED GROUP

4

2

18

CASTEL FRERES

20

10

17

PARFUMS CHRISTIAN DIOR

3

5

17

ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL (COMPAGNIE GENERALE D'OPTIQUE)

16

18

16

 

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.
• France 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.
• France 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.