Applications and Registrations of Patents, Utility Models, Design, and Trademarks


In 2012, there are 342,796, 8,112, 32,391, and 119,010 applications filed for patents, utilitty models, designs, and trademarks respectively in 2012 at Japan Patent Office (JPO), which is 100.1%, 101.6%, 105.1% and 110.1% respectively as comparing with previous year.


Regarding registration, in 2012 there are 274,791, 8,054, 28,349, and 96,359 respectively for patents, utilitty models, designs, and trademarks, which is 115.3%, 106.0%, 107.9% and 108.2% respectively against 2011.

Global Trends in Patent Filing in 2010

Japan is still the leading country in terms of the number of applicants who filed patent applications worldwide. There are 514,047 applications filed worldwide by Japanese applicants, and 390,815 applications filed by American applicants. The other countries of the top 5 include Korean which filed 172,709, Germany which filed 130,806, and China which filed 128,850 applications. In 2012, USPTO received 542,815 applications.

Significant growth in the number of patent applications filed domestically fuelled China’s share of total worldwide patent filings which rose from 1.8 percent to 7.3 percent during the period 2000-2006. Between 2005 and 2006, the total number of patent applications filed worldwide by applicants from China, the Korean and the USA increased by 32.1 percent, 6.6 percent and 6.7 percent respectively. In 2011, China’s patent office, China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) became the largest in the world, as measured by the number of patent applications received. Before 2011, China already accounted for most filings of utility models, trademarks and industrial designs. SIPO overtook the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2011 to become the largest patent office in the world, after having surpassed the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in 2010. In 2011, China received 526,412 applications compared to 503,582 for the US and 342,610 for Japan. The growth in patent filings in China was mostly due to sharp growth in domestic filings.

In 2012, there are 653,000 patent applications filed at SIPO, up 24.0% from previous year. In the same year, there are 217,000 registrations at SIPO, up 26.1%.

SIPO in 2012 is the largest patent office in the world in terms of number of patent applications filed.

USPTO and JPO are the 2nd and 3rd offices respectively in the field.