Patent applicants and applications; technology area, 2000-2010


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 the technology area the invention relates to. This does not necessarily have to be the same area in which the applicant is economically active (SIC).

If an application can be classified as relating to two (or more) technology areas, each technology area is attributed a fraction of the application. If, for example, an application can be classified as relating to two technology areas, half of one application is allocated to each technology area. As a result the total number of patent applications remains equal. The enterprise applying for this patent, on the other hand, is counted twice: once for each technology area.

For a small number of patent applications the applicant or technology area is unknown by Statistics Netherlands. Therefore, these applications are not classified by technology area.

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No longer applicable.

Patent applicants and applications; technology area, 2000-2010

Technology area 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)
All technology areas 2010* 1,270 3,460 1,490 1,849
A Human necessities 2010* 262 711 361 363
A1 Agriculture 2010* 68 94 119 134
A2 Foodstuffs and tobacco 2010* 38 113 33 39
A3 Personal or domestic articles 2010* 52 88 98 84
A4 Health and amusement 2010* 104 416 111 106
B Performing operations; transporting 2010* 325 393 402 391
B1 Separating and mixing 2010* 75 113 67 55
B2 Shaping 2010* 66 66 73 67
B3 Printing 2010* 17 18 12 11
B4 Transporting 2010* 151 172 247 257
B5 Micro-structural and nanotechnology 2010* 16 24 3 2
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2010* 160 515 72 65
C1 Chemistry 2010* 136 489 63 59
C2 Metallurgy 2010* 22 25 8 6
C3 Combinatorial technology 2010* 2 1 1 0
D Textiles; paper 2010* 27 32 12 8
D1 Textiles or flexible materials n.e.c. 2010* 20 26 8 6
D2 Paper 2010* 7 7 4 3
E Fixed constructions 2010* 109 177 235 232
E1 Building 2010* 101 118 216 218
E2 Earth or rock drilling and mining 2010* 8 59 19 14
F Mechanical engineering; lighting 2010* 133 181 180 158
F1 Engines or pumps 2010* 29 22 35 37
F2 Engineering in general 2010* 56 56 55 46
F3 Lighting and heating 2010* 44 98 90 76
F4 Weapons and blasting 2010* 4 6 . .
G Physics 2010* 150 664 140 303
G1 Physics: instruments 2010* 147 657 136 298
G2 Nucleonics 2010* 3 7 4 6
H Electricity 2010* 104 710 88 103
Unknown 2010* . 76 . 226
Source: CBS.
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