Friday, September 19, 2008

Globalization in patent filings: Who file where (Part 2)

...Continuing on my last post, it is interesting to see who filed where in the most famous jurisdictions.
China

32.5% of the patent applications originate from the Netherlands,

22.0% of the patent applications originate from Switzerland,

13% of the patent applications originate from France,

11.1% of the patent applications originate from Germany,

9.9% of the patent applications originate from the United States of America

8.3% of the patent applications originate from United Kingdom,

8.0% of the patent applications originate from Japan,

7.7% of the patent applications originate from the Republic of Korea,

5.6% of the patent applications originate from Canada,

4.9% of the patent applications originate from Australia, and

1.4% of the patent applications originate from Brazil.

Interesting points: The ranking of countries filing in China is very similar, at a few exceptions, to the ranking for filing in Japan. This is very interesting since some subject matter is not available for patent protection in China, notably software innovations. Again European countries are leading for filing in China.

(source WIPO Statistics Database)

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