Top National Stage Entry Countries for 2012
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Top National Stage Entry Countries for 2012

It’s that time of year again!  With 2012 in the books, let’s take a look at the top national phase filing destinations for our clients from the past year.

2012 was a big year for inovia.  We were ranked #1 in the US and #2 in the world for handling PCT applications at the national stage by Managing IP.  We expanded our agent network to cover 110 countries.  And, our NYC headquarters relocated to a new, larger office space at the end of the year… not to mention 2012 was also our 10th anniversary!  Phew.  

So let’s get to it.  Here’s where our clients entered the national stage in 2012:

  1. China – 12.3%
  2. India – 9.0%
  3. Canada – 8.9%
  4. Brazil – 8.7%
  5. Japan – 8.1%
  6. Australia – 7.2%
  7. Europe – 7.0%
  8. Russia – 5.4%
  9. South Korea – 4.9%
  10. USA – 4.4%

These stats are very similar to what we saw in 2011.  China retained its position as the most popular filing destination for our clients, which comes as no surprise given that China surpassed the USPTO in 2011 to become the largest patent office in the world (according to WIPO data).  The percent of applications filed into India and Canada dropped slightly, while Brazil saw a slight increase.

There are also a few growth countries to note.  While their percentages are small, we’ll certainly keep an eye on them in 2013:

  • Chile – 1.4% in 2012 vs. 0.5% in 2011
  • Thailand – 1.2% in 2012 vs. 0.4% in 2011
  • Colombia – 1.1% in 2012 vs. 0.7% in 2011

We also took a look at the top filing destinations by industry type.  Here are the results:

Business/Finance

  1. USA, Europe
  2. China, Canada, India
  3. Japan, Australia
  4. Brazil
  5. South Korea

Chemical/Materials

  1. USA, China, Canada
  2. India, Brazil
  3. Japan, Australia, Mexico
  4. South Korea
  5. South Africa, Chile

Electrical/Electronics

  1. China
  2. India, Japan
  3. USA
  4. South Korea
  5. Europe

IT/Software/Media

  1. Canada
  2. China
  3. Russia
  4. Brazil
  5. Europe, Australia

Mechanical/Engineering

  1. China
  2. Brazil
  3. Russia
  4. India
  5. Canada

Pharmaceutical/Biotech

  1. Japan
  2. China
  3. Canada
  4. Europe
  5. Brazil

These results are also similar to what we saw in 2011, which you can compare here.

If you have applications due to enter the national stage in 2012, let us know in the comments section below how these countries rank in importance in your foreign filing strategy.  You can also register for a free inovia.com account to get an instant cost estimate for PCT national stage entry.

Happy New Year! 

 

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