Statistical Country Profiles



United Kingdom

Population (Million): 67.22 (2020)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 2,797.98 (2020)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2011

50,848

982,969

154,171

2,675.48

2012

51,724

1,095,102

151,921

2,713.75

2013

51,359

1,173,098

173,814

2,773.07

2014

52,662

1,274,123

180,843

2,852.46

2015

53,470

1,343,657

196,250

2,919.86

2016

53,004

1,222,860

194,114

2,970.15

2017

53,825

1,147,493

211,626

3,021.84

2018

56,225

1,219,117

196,882

3,059.69

2019

54,794

1,250,134

193,733

3,101.64

2020

53,064

1,304,176

196,183

2,797.98

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

20,107

6,916

30,741

2012

20,108

7,865

31,616

2013

19,552

7,966

31,807

2014

19,922

7,844

32,740

2015

19,904

7,934

33,566

2016

19,009

8,183

33,995

2017

18,632

8,771

35,193

2018

18,599

8,076

37,626

2019

18,204

7,189

36,590

2020

17,709

8,659

35,355

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

4,938

4,181

13,401

2012

4,996

3,890

15,299

2013

4,528

2,771

16,093

2014

4,388

2,671

16,518

2015

4,934

2,626

16,541

2016

5,827

2,705

18,026

2017

6,390

3,044

18,757

2018

6,832

2,977

19,610

2019

7,203

2,867

21,254

2020

8,476

5,302

20,694

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

2011

428,014

2012

443,670

2013

450,458

2014

453,774

2015

458,721

2016

485,326

2017

516,965

2018

572,063

2019

641,887

2020

682,245

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

146

2012

 

 

129

2013

 

 

248

2014

 

 

186

2015

 

 

244

2016

 

 

261

2017

 

 

249

2018

 

 

263

2019

 

 

253

2020

 

 

246

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

103,358

16,265

879,611

2012

113,211

15,058

981,891

2013

122,997

16,545

1,050,101

2014

132,974

16,616

1,141,149

2015

142,360

17,910

1,201,297

2016

150,578

27,305

1,072,282

2017

164,392

43,986

983,101

2018

172,860

58,968

1,046,257

2019

175,046

77,933

1,075,088

2020

218,936

92,881

1,085,240

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

88,061

16,336

794,582

2012

96,599

15,050

826,392

2013

106,564

16,294

899,825

2014

113,208

15,768

1,025,178

2015

124,157

18,198

1,076,897

2016

131,958

20,641

1,023,605

2017

145,655

41,296

940,749

2018

151,300

54,406

885,369

2019

154,001

80,690

912,097

2020

158,042

77,034

905,701

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

9,700

221

144,471

2012

10,061

183

141,860

2013

10,887

212

162,927

2014

11,018

184

169,825

2015

12,581

473

183,669

2016

15,166

1,292

178,948

2017

23,364

2,604

188,262

2018

28,910

4,603

167,972

2019

27,649

8,173

166,084

2020

27,372

11,370

168,811

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

9,015

176

138,039

2012

9,385

208

139,023

2013

10,275

163

158,701

2014

10,554

204

161,933

2015

11,810

487

183,122

2016

13,680

904

169,763

2017

21,265

2,369

179,445

2018

26,837

3,693

163,807

2019

26,632

7,149

158,569

2020

23,842

10,609

160,678

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

2011

4,874

1,870

29

2012

4,918

2,369

33

2013

4,849

2,468

41

2014

5,267

2,960

49

2015

5,291

2,740

106

2016

5,504

3,018

115

2017

5,569

3,298

124

2018

5,636

3,351

136

2019

5,775

3,500

185

2020

5,900

3,694

166

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

3,470

1,613

20,945

2012

3,262

1,804

19,613

2013

3,322

1,979

19,869

2014

3,457

1,978

20,769

2015

3,550

2,101

21,045

2016

3,620

2,241

21,410

2017

3,840

2,473

23,017

2018

3,994

2,261

24,929

2019

3,854

2,021

22,845

2020

3,939

2,072

23,243

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

NERUDIA LTD

9

58

208

NICOVENTURES TRADING LIMITED

 

34

167

UNILEVER PLC

136

120

126

DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

54

99

105

ARM IP LIMITED

111

137

100

OXFORD UNIVERSITY INNOVATION LIMITED

79

96

93

BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

90

68

79

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED

175

41

77

BAE SYSTEMS PLC

58

85

70

IMPERIAL INNOVATIONS LTD.

44

63

65

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

GLAXO GROUP LIMITED

27

59

62

BURN CABLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS LIMITED

7

41

53

DOTCOM RETAIL LIMITED

2

2

19

CNH INDUSTRIAL N.V.

4

2

15

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (BRANDS) LIMITED

22

14

14

HERMOJI LIMITED

 

3

13

LACKA FOODS LIMITED

 

 

13

SEQIRUS UK LIMITED

8

15

13

DIACEUTICS PLC

 

 

12

DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

10

9

12

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

LXL GROUP INC.

 

1

53

RICHARD BROWN

 

 

25

OSCAR PROPULSION LIMITED

 

 

17

ARROW GROUP GLOBAL LIMITED

 

 

15

GRAFF DIAMONDS LIMITED

23

64

13

ACQUA SYSTEMS LIMITED

 

 

12

ALFRED DUNHILL LIMITED

3

13

12

ALEX GORT-BARTEN

 

1

11

RAYDEN.EARTH LTD

 

 

11

MAINETTI (UK) LIMITED

 

 

10

 

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.
• United Kingdom 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.
• United Kingdom 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.