Statistical Country Profiles



Saudi Arabia

Population (Million): 34.81 (2020)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 1,543.24 (2020)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2011

1,242

 

254

1,328.27

2012

 

 

 

1,400.15

2013

3,124

 

238

1,437.94

2014

4,123

15,585

703

1,490.46

2015

3,543

17,015

342

1,551.67

2016

4,760

 

502

1,577.59

2017

4,410

23,780

635

1,565.89

2018

6,910

26,030

371

1,604.01

2019

7,401

29,501

624

1,609.32

2020

9,782

25,126

648

1,543.24

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

374

643

868

2012

 

 

2,047

2013

727

440

2,397

2014

947

135

3,176

2015

915

1,691

2,628

2016

1,316

2,196

3,444

2017

1,213

2,282

3,197

2018

1,683

2,321

5,227

2019

1,722

2,463

5,679

2020

2,134

2,274

7,648

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

17

235

212

2012

 

 

403

2013

68

196

639

2014

77

512

631

2015

198

600

798

2016

183

471

1,290

2017

368

411

2,537

2018

456

446

3,032

2019

284

394

2,672

2020

300

598

2,519

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

2011

1,933

2012

 

2013

1,988

2014

2,338

2015

2,664

2016

3,104

2017

3,277

2018

3,383

2019

3,829

2020

4,175

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

5

2012

 

 

 

2013

 

 

3

2014

 

 

4

2015

 

 

6

2016

 

 

4

2017

 

 

3

2018

 

 

9

2019

 

 

3

2020

 

 

14

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

3,853

2012

 

 

4,004

2013

 

 

5,276

2014

4,897

10,760

10,688

2015

7,423

10,831

9,592

2016

 

 

6,254

2017

17,092

16,233

6,688

2018

18,563

13,329

7,467

2019

23,411

14,258

6,090

2020

20,287

9,897

4,839

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

3,668

2012

 

 

3,076

2013

 

 

4,023

2014

5,866

19,077

10,556

2015

7,482

11,149

5,756

2016

 

 

8,109

2017

 

 

5,632

2018

 

 

6,367

2019

10,210

12,270

5,760

2020

8,944

8,591

5,190

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

246

506

8

2012

 

 

221

2013

168

524

70

2014

234

451

469

2015

321

503

21

2016

386

551

116

2017

461

540

174

2018

345

572

26

2019

348

456

276

2020

537

411

111

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

62

395

75

2012

 

 

204

2013

46

248

89

2014

237

799

63

2015

348

521

292

2016

337

457

107

2017

336

585

144

2018

279

507

41

2019

195

369

244

2020

362

416

33

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

2011

147

 

 

2012

286

 

 

2013

187

 

 

2014

381

1

 

2015

274

 

 

2016

294

 

 

2017

378

3

 

2018

662

3

 

2019

552

 

1

2020

952

 

 

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

 

 

321

2012

 

 

269

2013

 

 

430

2014

 

 

1,009

2015

27

1,608

838

2016

138

2,108

1,315

2017

117

2,208

574

2018

222

2,242

882

2019

330

2,361

1,325

2020

453

1,998

1,686

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL CO.

321

439

435

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

78

123

97

KING FAISAL UNIVERSITY

 

 

2

SALINE WATER CONVERSION CORPORATION

 

 

2

SAUDI ARAMCO TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY

 

3

2

JAMJOOM PHARMACEUTICALS FACTORY COMPANY LIMITED

 

1

1

KING ABDULAZIZ CITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

3

10

1

KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS

2

1

1

NATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES

 

 

1

SUBUL ALKHEBRAH INDUSTRIAL COMPANY

 

 

1

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

 

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.
• Saudi Arabia is a member of the Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC Patent Office). Patent filings by residents of this country at GCC Patent Office 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.