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Intellectual Property Statistics

Reliable intellectual property (IP) statistics are an important tool in understanding trends in policy, business, and technology worldwide.

We cooperate with IP offices from around the world to provide the most up-to-date global IP data. We also publish statistical reports on worldwide IP activity and on the use of WIPO-administered treaties in protecting IP rights internationally.

WIPO's statistics come from several sources:

By using WIPOs statistical data, users agree not to republish or commercially re-sell any of the data. In addition, when employing WIPOs statistical data in any written work, users must cite WIPO Statistics Database as the source of the data.

WIPO's IP Statistics Data Center is a free online service, which provides access to WIPOs extensive statistical data on IP activity worldwide. You can search using a wide range of indicators, as well as view or download both the latest and historical data according to your needs.

This service is intended to be a tool for IP professionals, researchers and policymakers worldwide.

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IP statistics at a glance

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Patent and utility model statistics

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  • Country profiles
  • | PCT System top applicant list XLS, PCT System top applicant list
  • Infographic: Who filed the most PCT patent applications in 2019? PDF, Infographic: Who filed the most PCT patent applications in 2019

Trademark statistics

  • Country profiles
  • | Madrid System top applicant list XLS, Madrid System top applicant list
  • Infographic: Who filed the most Madrid trademark applications in 2019? PDF, Infographic: Who filed the most Madrid trademark applications in 2019

Industrial design statistics

  • Country profiles
  • | Hague System top applicant list XLS, Hague System top applicant list
  • Infographic: Who accounted for the most Hague design filings in 2019? PDF, Infographic: Who accounted for the most Hague design filings in 2019?

Microorganism statistics

  • Number of deposits/samples furnished under Rule 11 of the regulations of the Budapest Treaty - based on information requested by WIPO from international depositary authorities in annual surveys. XLS | CSV

Plant variety statistics

IP filings 2018

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Other resources

IPC concordance table

The WIPO technology concordance table links the International Patent Classification (IPC) symbols with thirty-five fields of technology. The concordance table is updated on a regular basis (last update: Februrary 2016) to reflect revisions to the IPC.

Concept and methodology behind the IPC concordance table PDF, Concept and methodology behind the IPC concordance table

IP statistics glossary

The IP statistics glossary helps you to better understanding key technical terms and concepts found in IP data.

Historical IP data

In addition to current data, WIPO also publishes historical IP statistics, dating from 1883.

  • Patent statistics ZIP, Patent statistics
  • Utility model statistics ZIP, Utility model statistics
  • Trademark statistics ZIP, Trademark statistics
  • Industrial design statistics ZIP, Industrial design statistics
  • PCT statistics (1985-1999) ZIP, title goes here

Madrid statistical database

The Madrid statistical database contains bibliographic data of international registrations under the Madrid System. Data from the Madrid System covers more than a hundred countries and offers a unique view into how brands are internationalized. This database has been structured to suit the needs of academic researchers and inform evidence based policymaking utilizing applicant level data.

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Economics of IP

IP protection has emerged as an important component of national economic policies. WIPO seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the economic effects of different IP policy choices.