February 22, 2008

On Thursday, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published a list of statistics related to global Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patent application filings. As noted in the WIPO news release (link below), the first chart discusses the number of published PCT patent applications by company, with Matsushita (Japan) leading the pack with 2,100 published applications in 2006, with Philips Electronics N.V. (Netherlands) second with 2,041, and Siemens (Germany) third with 1,644. The remainder of the top 10, in order, include Huawei Technologies (China), Bosch (Germany), Toyota (Japan), Qualcomm (United States), Microsoft (United States), Motorola (United States), and Nokia (Finland).

Statistics regarding the number of applications by countries of origin are also provided, including final figures from 2003-2006, and estimated figures for 2007 as WIPO will continue to receive PCT applications during the first half of 2008 that were filed with national patent offices in 2007. For 2006, the top ten countries (and the number of PCT applications in 2006) include the United States (50,941), Japan (27,033), Germany (16,732), France (6,242), the Republic of Korea (5,944), United Kingdom (5,090), Netherlands (4,529), China (3,951), Switzerland (3,577), and Sweden (3,316). Statistics for the next five countries on the list, as well as a sum of all remaining countries, is also provided within the first chart, and a detailed breakdown by all countries is also provided near the end of the news release.

In addition, WIPO also compiled a list of the main fields of technology in which PCT applications were published from 2003-2007. For 2007, the top fields include telecommunications (15,751 applications), information technology (15,109), pharmaceuticals and cosmetics (13,936), analysis, measurement, and control technology (instruments field; 13,531), and medical technology (11,890). A total of thirty technological fields are provided within the full list.

WIPO News Release: LINK


Post a Comment

WIPO Press Releases

WIPO General News

Patent References

Click HERE to search issued U.S. Patents

Click HERE to search published U.S. Patent Applications

Click HERE to browse the MPEP (E8r6 in HTML and PDF, and E8r7 in PDF)

Click HERE to search patent assignments recorded with the USPTO

Click HERE to search Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations (rev. 7/1/08)

Click HERE to browse Title 35 of the U.S. Code

Click HERE to view current USPTO fees


Copyright 2006-2010, Mark Reichel. The Daily Dose of IP is my personal website, and I am not providing any legal advice or financial analysis. Any views expressed herein should not be viewed as being the views of my employer, Ice Miller LLP. Any comments submitted to this blog will not be held in confidence and will not be considered as establishing an attorney-client relationship. Information submitted to this blog should be considered as being public information, and the submitter takes full responsibility for any consequences of any information submitted. No claims, promises, or guarantees are made or available regarding the completeness or accuracy of the information contained in this blog or otherwise available by searching from or linking away from this blog.

EPO Updates

Trademark References

Click HERE to search issued and pending U.S. Trademarks

Click HERE to search TTAB proceedings (via TTABVUE)

Click HERE to search trademark assignments recorded with the USPTO

The DDIP Author

Mark Reichel
Reichel IP LLC

I am a patent attorney with Reichel IP LLC, where I concentrate my practice on patent drafting and prosecution, trademarks, and general intellectual property matters. I currently focus on the preparation and prosecution of medical device and other life sciences patent applications, and being actively involved in a number of local not-for-profit organizations.

Click HERE to view my full professional bio at Reichel IP LLC.


Click HERE to join the e-mail list for my blog

Click HERE to provide feedback on the DDIP blog

Fellow Blogs/Bloggers

AwakenIP (Kuester)
Counterfeit Chic (Scafidi)
I/P Updates (Heinze)
Internet Cases (Brown)
Likelihood of Confusion (Coleman)
Patent Baristas (Albainy-Jenei)
Patent Docs (Zuhn et al.)
Patently-O (Crouch)
The 271 Patent Blog (Zura)
The Ice Loop (Ice Miller LLP)
The Indiana Law Blog (Oddi)
The Invent Blog (Nipper)
The Patent Prospector (Odom)
The TTABlog (Welch)