Top PCT National Stage Entry Countries for 2013

With the New Year fast approaching, it’s time once again to look at the top national stage filing destinations for our clients from the past year.

In 2013, we retained our status as the largest US filer of PCT applications at the national stage (according to Managing Intellectual Property magazine) and expanded our global network of agents to cover 130 countries. In October, we also announced the acquisition of inovia by RWS Group, the world’s top ranking patent translation company. These changes ensure that our foreign filing platform,, will be well placed to complement the foreign filing strategies of our vast array of clients.

Speaking of our clients, let’s take a look at their top national stage destinations in 2013:

1. China – 11.0%
2. Canada – 9.0%
3. Japan – 8.2%
4. Brazil – 7.0%
5. United States – 7.0%
6. India – 6.9%
7. Australia – 6.8%
8. Europe – 5.1%
9. South Korea – 4.4%
10. Russia – 4.0%

India fell back four spots (9.0% / #2 in 2012), while the United States jumped from #10 in 2012 to the #5 filing destination this year, no doubt fueled by the fact our client base in Europe and elsewhere outside of the US is growing.

Each year we also examine the top filing destinations by industry type. Here are the results:

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

1. China
2. Japan
3. India, United States
4. South Korea
5. Australia, Europe

Energy/Green Tech
1. China
2. Europe
3. United States
4. India
5. Japan

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

1. China
2. Brazil
3. India
4. Canada
5. Australia
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1. Japan
2. United States
3. Canada
4. China, Hong Kong*
5. India
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There are some differences to the 2012 results, notably Europe falling down in the ranks for many industry groups.

If there are any countries that are increasingly becoming more important in your foreign filing strategy, please let us know in the comment section below. You can also get an instant and accurate quote for PCT national stage entry in your countries of choice by registering for an account.

As always, if you have any comments or questions, please let us know. We’re available by email, phone, Live Chat, LinkedIn and Twitter – we’d love to hear from you!

From all of us at inovia, we wish you and your team a very happy, healthy and innovative 2014!

*Note: Hong Kong is not a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, but is available to select as part of your PCT national stage entry order via The deadline for filing into Hong Kong is 6 months from the publication of a corresponding application in the State Intellectual Property Office of China, the European Patent Office or the United Kingdom Patent Office.

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