Statistical Country Profiles



Ireland

Population (Million): 4.99 (2020)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 447.97 (2020)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2011

 

 

 

246.47

2012

 

 

 

246.78

2013

 

 

 

249.81

2014

 

 

 

271.39

2015

 

 

8,344

339.72

2016

5,235

 

5,975

346.50

2017

5,216

 

10,910

378.13

2018

6,335

 

12,149

410.33

2019

6,492

 

12,657

433.17

2020

7,061

 

17,545

447.97

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

3,106

2012

 

 

3,232

2013

 

 

3,518

2014

 

 

3,912

2015

 

 

4,522

2016

755

70

4,480

2017

668

75

4,548

2018

880

32

5,455

2019

937

35

5,555

2020

1,047

54

6,014

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

1,488

2012

 

 

1,728

2013

 

 

1,676

2014

 

 

1,822

2015

 

 

2,061

2016

420

29

2,445

2017

460

42

2,487

2018

525

24

2,645

2019

556

31

2,903

2020

630

24

3,375

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

2011

88,044

2012

96,583

2013

108,218

2014

111,109

2015

118,273

2016

147,125

2017

169,453

2018

196,707

2019

221,884

2020

217,386

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

20

2012

 

 

9

2013

 

 

20

2014

 

 

18

2015

 

 

22

2016

123

15

21

2017

120

11

12

2018

117

416

25

2019

99

25

23

2020

116

47

35

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

68,519

2012

 

 

74,247

2013

 

 

93,873

2014

 

 

86,652

2015

 

 

88,959

2016

 

 

88,240

2017

 

 

89,713

2018

 

 

89,528

2019

 

 

88,858

2020

 

 

97,041

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

59,992

2012

 

 

57,706

2013

 

 

77,933

2014

 

 

88,385

2015

 

 

77,897

2016

 

 

82,149

2017

 

 

79,658

2018

 

 

76,291

2019

 

 

83,099

2020

 

 

83,190

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

6,268

2012

 

 

3,985

2013

 

 

6,764

2014

 

 

7,199

2015

405

63

7,939

2016

323

59

5,652

2017

501

30

10,409

2018

504

467

11,645

2019

544

77

12,113

2020

843

14

16,702

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

5,117

2012

 

 

5,229

2013

 

 

5,990

2014

 

 

5,985

2015

403

45

8,199

2016

263

44

5,362

2017

 

 

8,645

2018

575

468

12,580

2019

507

69

11,644

2020

811

29

16,540

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

2011

408

129

1

2012

391

125

3

2013

433

170

3

2014

439

194

2

2015

455

174

1

2016

441

181

3

2017

489

165

5

2018

623

186

7

2019

640

192

9

2020

756

274

5

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

1,507

2012

 

 

1,478

2013

 

 

1,560

2014

 

 

1,917

2015

 

 

2,349

2016

305

 

1,878

2017

295

 

1,981

2018

429

 

2,435

2019

397

 

2,345

2020

430

 

2,710

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED

39

174

152

JANSSEN SCIENCES IRELAND UNLIMITED COMPANY

 

12

43

DEPUY IRELAND UNLIMITED COMPANY

13

28

15

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

12

12

15

O&M HALYARD INTERNATIONAL UNLIMITED COMPANY

1

12

14

ANALOG DEVICES INTERNATIONAL UNLIMITED COMPANY

9

14

11

TRANSITIONS OPTICAL, LTD.

7

10

11

STRYKER EUROPEAN OPERATIONS LIMITED

 

1

10

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE GALWAY

11

8

10

COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN

3

11

9

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

GILEAD SCIENCES LIMITED

26

9

18

MA BRANDS BEVERAGE UNLIMITED COMPANY

 

 

12

PLR WORLDWIDE SALES LIMITED

 

 

10

BAUSCH HEALTH IRELAND LIMITED

 

2

9

STAFFORD-MILLER LIMITED

6

4

9

EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC (IRELAND) LIMITED

2

1

7

GLANBIA IRELAND DAC

 

 

6

MCALLISTER DISTILLERS LIMITED

 

 

5

ANAVON DAC

 

 

4

BIOATLANTIS LIMITED

 

 

4

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

CHOPARD ACCESSORIES (IRELAND) LIMITED

 

 

4

MARIE HYNES

 

 

3

PAUL MARTIN MURPHY

 

 

2

AVITEUR LUXE LIMITED

 

 

1

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED

 

8

1

NOEL JOHN MARSHALL

 

 

1

ROGER DOHERTY

 

 

1

 

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.
• Ireland 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.
• Ireland 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.