Statistical Country Profiles

United Kingdom

Population (Million): 66.02 (2017)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 2,624.60 (2017)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark

Industrial Design

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2008

51,313

855,934

 

2,342.69

2009

48,709

 

 

2,244.59

2010

50,879

899,680

 

2,282.62

2011

50,805

982,807

150,775

2,315.78

2012

51,562

1,095,148

148,541

2,350.09

2013

51,300

1,173,889

170,282

2,398.32

2014

52,605

1,274,123

175,859

2,471.57

2015

53,393

1,343,701

186,201

2,529.55

2016

52,882

1,223,094

186,905

2,578.52

2017

53,746

1,146,770

202,534

2,624.60

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

21,593

6,856

29,720

2009

20,807

6,480

27,902

2010

20,892

6,439

29,987

2011

20,107

6,916

30,698

2012

20,108

7,865

31,454

2013

19,552

7,966

31,748

2014

19,922

7,844

32,683

2015

19,904

7,934

33,489

2016

19,009

8,183

33,873

2017

18,632

8,771

35,114

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

4,044

3,290

10,637

2009

3,764

3,310

10,799

2010

4,180

3,271

12,524

2011

4,938

4,181

13,412

2012

4,996

3,890

15,260

2013

4,528

2,771

16,114

2014

4,388

2,671

16,509

2015

4,934

2,626

16,548

2016

5,827

2,705

17,998

2017

6,390

3,044

18,711

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2008

 

2009

 

2010

1,231,671

2011

1,268,275

2012

1,307,291

2013

1,334,425

2014

1,361,796

2015

1,378,617

2016

1,346,823

2017

1,243,678

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

111

2009

 

 

70

2010

 

 

151

2011

 

 

146

2012

 

 

129

2013

 

 

248

2014

 

 

186

2015

 

 

244

2016

 

 

256

2017

 

 

246

 

Trademark

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

89,616

20,439

766,318

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

142,361

17,909

1,201,340

2016

150,573

27,297

1,072,521

2017

164,403

43,902

982,367

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

99,029

24,421

745,567

2009

 

 

793,471

2010

90,781

16,707

854,353

2011

88,056

16,333

795,040

2012

96,601

15,030

826,498

2013

106,564

16,299

899,914

2014

113,230

15,757

1,025,904

2015

124,168

18,170

1,077,392

2016

131,956

20,614

1,023,622

2017

145,621

41,257

938,707

 

Industrial Design

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

116,053

2009

 

 

106,695

2010

 

 

131,392

2011

9,597

221

141,178

2012

9,955

183

138,586

2013

10,780

212

159,502

2014

10,867

184

164,992

2015

12,273

473

173,928

2016

14,960

1,292

171,945

2017

23,084

2,604

179,450

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

8,161

334

117,068

2009

 

 

103,046

2010

 

 

127,119

2011

8,961

176

136,376

2012

9,285

208

135,812

2013

10,191

163

155,948

2014

10,376

204

156,322

2015

11,504

487

173,766

2016

13,493

904

163,453

2017

21,005

2,369

170,951

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2008

5,479

1,683

26

2009

5,039

1,566

16

2010

4,892

1,739

30

2011

4,873

1,868

29

2012

4,918

2,368

33

2013

4,849

2,467

40

2014

5,263

2,960

53

2015

5,290

2,740

109

2016

5,504

3,012

115

2017

5,569

3,297

129

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

319

1,602

19,444

2009

367

1,670

18,271

2010

296

1,717

19,543

2011

324

1,613

20,871

2012

305

1,804

19,423

2013

402

1,979

19,787

2014

352

1,978

20,681

2015

317

2,101

20,946

2016

294

2,241

21,284

2017

400

2,473

22,909

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2015

2016

2017

UNILEVER PLC

87

106

158

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED

151

155

153

ARM IP LIMITED

49

68

117

BAE SYSTEMS PLC

103

98

95

BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

78

79

83

GLAXOSMITHKLINE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT LIMITED

45

68

81

OXFORD UNIVERSITY INNOVATION LIMITED

 

32

75

CIRRUS LOGIC INTERNATIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR LIMITED

2

32

68

DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

46

49

65

JOHNSON MATTHEY PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

82

66

62

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2015

2016

2017

GLAXO GROUP LIMITED

68

141

56

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED

1

14

41

J. & P. COATS, LIMITED

16

21

40

VIIV HEALTHCARE UK (NO.3) LIMITED

 

17

29

ULTRAMAX PRODUCTS LTD

1

1

16

TRIUMPH DESIGNS LIMITED

 

2

15

DYSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

 

 

13

HIGH STREET TV (GROUP) LTD.

3

3

13

BLUEBIRD BIO (UK) LTD

 

1

12

CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

4

 

11

 

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.
• 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.