Patent applicants and applications; size class of applicant, 2000-2010

Patent applicants and applications; size class of applicant, 2000-2010

Size class enterprise Periods Enterprises applying for an EPO patent (number) Patent applications at the EPO (number) Enterprises applying for a NLOC patent (number) Patent applications at the NLOC (number)
Total employed persons 2000 665 4,003 1,074 2,031
Total employed persons 2008 714 4,597 956 1,887
Total employed persons 2009 777 4,544 1,097 1,904
Total employed persons 2010* 695 3,460 1,039 1,849
0 employed persons 2000 90 264 155 195
0 employed persons 2008 47 64 80 112
0 employed persons 2009 86 96 120 143
0 employed persons 2010* 60 72 119 138
1 employed person 2000 77 89 229 248
1 employed person 2008 98 100 255 275
1 employed person 2009 96 106 280 304
1 employed person 2010* 102 123 259 258
2 to 5 employed persons 2000 70 82 138 154
2 to 5 employed persons 2008 73 85 150 161
2 to 5 employed persons 2009 102 139 169 175
2 to 5 employed persons 2010* 76 108 154 182
5 to 10 employed persons 2000 43 53 80 84
5 to 10 employed persons 2008 62 74 68 78
5 to 10 employed persons 2009 53 62 59 66
5 to 10 employed persons 2010* 46 64 79 90
10 to 20 employed persons 2000 52 98 86 103
10 to 20 employed persons 2008 57 81 66 77
10 to 20 employed persons 2009 64 114 97 114
10 to 20 employed persons 2010* 63 84 78 94
20 to 50 employed persons 2000 62 91 92 112
20 to 50 employed persons 2008 76 120 85 111
20 to 50 employed persons 2009 80 119 103 144
20 to 50 employed persons 2010* 73 137 102 152
50 to 100 employed persons 2000 46 179 72 102
50 to 100 employed persons 2008 56 158 63 84
50 to 100 employed persons 2009 54 110 62 73
50 to 100 employed persons 2010* 52 102 62 85
100 to 200 employed persons 2000 59 144 63 126
100 to 200 employed persons 2008 65 110 52 98
100 to 200 employed persons 2009 67 140 76 110
100 to 200 employed persons 2010* 58 108 66 118
200 to 500 employed persons 2000 55 124 63 130
200 to 500 employed persons 2008 67 442 39 114
200 to 500 employed persons 2009 62 356 51 114
200 to 500 employed persons 2010* 56 294 43 98
500 employed persons or more 2000 111 2,666 96 421
500 employed persons or more 2008 113 3,111 98 344
500 employed persons or more 2009 113 3,199 80 473
500 employed persons or more 2010* 109 2,291 77 409
Employed persons unknown 2000 . 214 . 357
Employed persons unknown 2008 . 254 . 435
Employed persons unknown 2009 . 104 . 189
Employed persons unknown 2010* . 76 . 226
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table gives an overview of the number of patent applicants and patent applications at the European Patent Office (EPO) and NL Patent Office, a division of NL Agency (NLOC). Patents can be granted to enterprises, universities, institutions, private persons or other entities as long as the invention which they cover fulfils certain criteria. To obtain a patent the invention must be novel, contain an inventive step and be industrially applicable. This is assessed by a patent office like the EPO or NLOC. The patent office will grant or reject the application.

The data are broken down by size class of the enterprise that applying for the patent. The data give an indication of which size classes of enterprises in the Netherlands are the most innovative.

This table has been stopped.

Data available from 2000 to 2010.

Status of the figures:
Data are final for 2000 to 2009. The data for 2010 are provisional. Since this table has been stopped, the data for 2010 will not be finalized.

Changes as of 30 October 2015:
None, this table has been stopped.

When will new figures be published?
No longer applicable.

Description topics

Enterprises applying for an EPO patent
Enterprises who applied for a patent to the European Patent Office (EPO)
in the period observed.
A patent that is granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) is valid in
all member countries of the EPO. However the EPO patent must be validated
at the national patent office in order to be effective in member
countries.
Patent:
A patent is an intellectual property right issued by an authorised body
intended to protect a new product, process or technology. It gives the
owner the legal right to prevent others from using, manufacturing,
selling, importing, etc. the invention. The patent remains in force for
limited duration and only in the country or countries concerned. Patents
can be granted to for example enterprises, institutions, individuals or
other entities as long as the invention meets the conditions for
patentability: novelty, non-obviousness and industrial applicability.
Patent applications at the EPO
Patent applications at the European Patent Office (EPO) in the
period observed. A patent that is granted by the European Patent Office
(EPO) is valid in all member countries of the EPO. However the EPO
patent must be validated at the national patent office in order to be
effective in member countries.
Patent:
A patent is an intellectual property right issued by an authorised body
intended to protect a new product, process or technology. It gives the
owner the legal right to prevent others from using, manufacturing,
selling, importing, etc. the invention. The patent remains in force for
limited duration and only in the country or countries concerned. Patents
can be granted to for example enterprises, institutions, individuals or
other entities as long as the invention meets the conditions for
patentability: novelty, non-obviousness and industrial applicability.
Enterprises applying for a NLOC patent
Enterprises who applied for a patent at the NL Patent Office (NLOC),
a division of Agency NL, in the period observed. Up to 2009,
NL Patent Office was known as the Netherlands Patent Office.
A patent granted by NL Patent Office is only valid in The Netherlands.
Patent:
A patent is an intellectual property right issued by an authorised body
intended to protect a new product, process or technology. It gives the
owner the legal right to prevent others from using, manufacturing,
selling, importing, etc. the invention. The patent remains in force for
limited duration and only in the country or countries concerned. Patents
can be granted to for example enterprises, institutions, individuals or
other entities as long as the invention meets the conditions for
patentability: novelty, non-obviousness and industrial applicability.
Patent applications at the NLOC
Patent applications at the NL Patent Office (NLOC), a division of
Agency NL, in the period observed. A patent that is granted by the
NL Patent Office is only valid in The Netherlands.
Patent:
A patent is an intellectual property right issued by an authorised body
intended to protect a new product, process or technology. It gives the
owner the legal right to prevent others from using, manufacturing,
selling, importing, etc. the invention. The patent remains in force for
limited duration and only in the country or countries concerned. Patents
can be granted to for example enterprises, institutions, individuals or
other entities as long as the invention meets the conditions for
patentability: novelty, non-obviousness and industrial applicability.