15 February 2007

INTERNATIONAL PATENT APPLICATIONS UP - CHINA AWAKENS!

The 2006 international patent application filing figures have just
been reported in WIPO's (http://www.wipo.int/pct/en
) latest PCT newsletter.

In short, the number of international patent applications filed in

2006 was 145,300. That's an increase of 6.4% over 2005.

The top four countries from which these originate are:

1. United States – 34.1%.
2. Japan – 18.5%.
3. Germany – 11.7%.
4. Republic of Korea – 4.1%.

Japan, Korea and China showed the most growth. With its 5,935 international applications, Korea grew by 26.6%.

China (3,910) grew by an astonishing 56.8%

The top 10 applicants were:

1. Philips Electronics (Netherlands) – 2,495
2. Matsushita (Japan) – 2,344
3. Siemens (Germany) – 1,480
4. Nokia (Finland) – 1,036
5. Bosch (Germany) – 962
6. 3M (US) – 727
7. BASF (Germany) – 714
8. Toyota (Japan) – 704
9. Intel (US) – 690
10. Motorola (US) – 637

Bear in mind, though, that companies like Philips and Siemens sources its intellectual property from around the world. An invention of Philips may be conceived and developed in Silicon Valley, while the patent application lists the Netherlands address.