WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015 was released last month and provides a report covering various areas of intellectual property including patents, utility models and trademarks.
The data is drawn from national and regional IP offices, WIPO and the World Bank. We’ve included some patent highlights from the report below:
- The top 5 offices in order: China, United States of America, Japan, Republic of Korea, European Patent Office
- Top 5 technology fields in order: Computer technology, electrical machinery, measurement, digital communication, medical technology
- Applications: 2.68 million (4.5% increase from last year)
- Grants: 1.18 million (0.3% increase from last year)
- In force: 10.2 million
In total, around 2.68 million patent applications were filed worldwide in 2014, up 4.5% from 2013. While this 4.5% growth in filings in 2014 is lower than the growth rate in each of the previous four years, China has consistently been the driving accelerator, accounting for 89% of growth.
The State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) received the most applications by far, followed by the USPTO, JPO, KIPO and EPO respectively. SIPO, with 928,177 filings, received more applications than the combined total of the USPTO and JPO. If the trend continues, SIPO will become the first office to receive a million applications next year.
In 2014, the top five offices accounted for 82% of the world’s total applications, considerably higher than their 2000 share of 70%. To break it down even further – the top 20 list includes patent offices from thirteen high income economies, five upper middle income economies and two lower middle income countries. Nine offices were located in Asia, six in Europe and two each in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. South Africa, ranked 23rd, was the highest placed office in Africa.
To download the entire report, click here.