Top PCT National Stage Entry Countries for 2015

2015 was an exciting and busy year for inovia. We maintained the title as the #1 PCT firm in the world for the second consecutive year and the #1 spot in the United States for the fifth consecutive year (according to Managing Intellectual Property magazine). In addition, we streamlined our internal procedures with the world’s top translation company, RWS Group to provide the best IP product suite in the industry.

This year, we expanded our agent network to 139 countries (we now cover over 70% of the world!) In September, we launched a stand-alone translation feature which enables clients to get a quote or place an order for IP related translations. This feature is intended for translations that are separate from existing PCT, European Validation and Direct filing orders with translations included.

With 2016 rapidly approaching, it’s also time to take a look back at the top filing destinations for inovia’s clients from the past year:

  1. China (13.49%)
  2. United States (8.59%)
  3. Japan (8.15%)
  4. Canada (6.89%)
  5. Australia (6.81%)
  6. Brazil (6.48%)
  7. Europe (5.98%)
  8. India (5.73%)
  9. South Korea (4.15%)
  10. Mexico (4.02%)

There was significant movement this year in the top filing jurisdictions. Brazil slipped to #6 from #4, while the United States jumped 3 spots to the second most common filing jurisdiction (7% of people filed there in 2014 compared to 8.5% this year). While there was movement among the top 5, India, South Korea and Mexico stayed consistent from last year and rounded out the number 8, 9 & 10 spots respectively. China continued to dominate as the top filing destination for the third year in a row.

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


  1. China
  2. Europe
  3. United States
  4. India
  5. Canada

Energy/Green Tech

  1. China
  2. Japan
  3. Germany
  4. India
  5. South Africa


  1. Australia
  2. South Africa
  3. China
  4. Japan
  5. Canada


  1. China
  2. Australia
  3. Canada
  4. United States
  5. South Africa


  1. China
  2. United States
  3. Japan
  4. Australia
  5. Hong Kong*


  1. China
  2. Brazil
  3. United States
  4. Canada
  5. Europe

Do you notice any countries becoming increasingly more important in your foreign filing strategy? 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 today.

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Happy holidays, see you in 2016!

*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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