Statistical Country Profiles

United Kingdom

Population (Million): 66.49 (2018)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 2,670.06 (2018)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2009

48,700

 

 

2,252.97

2010

50,863

899,680

 

2,291.52

2011

50,789

982,807

154,160

2,329.21

2012

51,528

1,095,148

151,922

2,362.92

2013

51,271

1,173,889

173,792

2,411.27

2014

52,570

1,274,123

180,816

2,482.35

2015

53,366

1,343,669

196,186

2,540.66

2016

52,902

1,222,582

194,076

2,586.12

2017

53,825

1,147,203

211,579

2,633.26

2018

56,216

1,219,765

196,841

2,670.06

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

20,807

6,480

27,893

2010

20,892

6,439

29,971

2011

20,107

6,916

30,682

2012

20,108

7,865

31,420

2013

19,552

7,966

31,719

2014

19,922

7,844

32,648

2015

19,904

7,934

33,462

2016

19,009

8,183

33,893

2017

18,632

8,771

35,193

2018

18,599

8,076

37,617

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

3,764

3,310

10,777

2010

4,180

3,271

12,516

2011

4,938

4,181

13,401

2012

4,996

3,890

15,234

2013

4,528

2,771

16,087

2014

4,388

2,671

16,505

2015

4,934

2,626

16,539

2016

5,827

2,705

18,016

2017

6,390

3,044

18,742

2018

6,832

2,977

19,610

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2009

 

2010

413,177

2011

428,014

2012

443,670

2013

450,458

2014

453,774

2015

458,721

2016

485,326

2017

516,965

2018

572,063

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

70

2010

 

 

151

2011

 

 

146

2012

 

 

129

2013

 

 

248

2014

 

 

186

2015

 

 

244

2016

 

 

261

2017

 

 

249

2018

 

 

263

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

711,598

2010

89,043

16,115

810,637

2011

103,353

16,265

879,454

2012

113,209

15,058

981,939

2013

122,997

16,545

1,050,892

2014

132,974

16,611

1,141,149

2015

142,360

17,908

1,201,309

2016

150,575

27,300

1,072,007

2017

164,392

43,980

982,811

2018

172,866

58,970

1,046,899

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

793,439

2010

90,781

16,706

854,322

2011

88,056

16,336

794,426

2012

96,599

15,050

826,401

2013

106,564

16,292

899,841

2014

113,213

15,768

1,025,288

2015

124,157

18,182

1,076,892

2016

131,958

20,631

1,023,471

2017

145,651

41,281

939,804

2018

151,300

54,395

885,205

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

109,095

2010

 

 

133,131

2011

9,700

221

144,460

2012

10,061

183

141,861

2013

10,887

212

162,905

2014

11,018

184

169,798

2015

12,581

473

183,605

2016

15,166

1,292

178,910

2017

23,364

2,604

188,215

2018

28,910

4,538

167,931

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

104,911

2010

 

 

129,149

2011

9,015

176

138,880

2012

9,385

208

138,990

2013

10,275

163

158,697

2014

10,554

204

161,919

2015

11,810

487

183,116

2016

13,680

904

169,723

2017

21,265

2,369

179,419

2018

26,837

3,693

163,668

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2009

5,039

1,566

18

2010

4,892

1,739

29

2011

4,873

1,868

29

2012

4,918

2,368

33

2013

4,849

2,467

41

2014

5,263

2,960

49

2015

5,290

2,740

106

2016

5,504

3,016

115

2017

5,568

3,297

124

2018

5,641

3,347

134

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

367

1,670

18,282

2010

296

1,717

19,557

2011

324

1,613

20,887

2012

305

1,804

19,424

2013

402

1,979

19,782

2014

352

1,978

20,675

2015

317

2,101

20,945

2016

294

2,241

21,309

2017

400

2,473

23,017

2018

312

2,261

24,920

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2016

2017

2018

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED

155

153

175

UNILEVER PLC

106

158

136

ARM IP LIMITED

68

117

111

CIRRUS LOGIC INTERNATIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR LIMITED

32

68

110

BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

79

83

90

OXFORD UNIVERSITY INNOVATION LIMITED

32

75

79

JOHNSON MATTHEY PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

66

62

71

GLAXOSMITHKLINE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT LIMITED

68

81

68

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LIMITED

64

55

63

BAE SYSTEMS PLC

98

95

58

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2016

2017

2018

GLAXO GROUP LIMITED

141

56

27

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED

14

41

27

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (BRANDS) LIMITED

2

4

22

J. & P. COATS, LIMITED

21

40

22

LEISURE PASS GROUP LIMITED

 

 

13

DEBENHAMS RETAIL PLC

2

3

12

EDRINGTON DISTILLERS LIMITED

3

1

11

INOVEIGHT LIMITED

 

 

11

BIOCOMPATIBLES UK LIMITED

 

 

10

GULBAHAR UK LIMITED

 

 

10

 

Hague Top Applicants

Hague Applicant

2016

2017

2018

GRAFF DIAMONDS LIMITED

12

10

23

GLOSTER FURNITURE LIMITED

 

 

21

PORTABLE MULTIMEDIA LIMITED

 

 

16

DIANA SALAKHOVA

 

 

14

ERGONOMIC SOLUTIONSINTERNATIONAL LIMITED

 

 

13

EDGE OF BELGRAVIA LIMITED

 

 

12

ICANDY WORLD LIMITED

2

 

12

BURBERRY LIMITED

 

 

11

IAN KIRK

 

 

10

ALLAN BODNITZ

 

 

8

 

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.
• United Kingdom 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.
• 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. 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.