Patent applicants and patent applications; by SIC93 of applicant, 2000-2008

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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 economic activity of the enterprise applying for a patent. For the classification by economic activity the Dutch Standard Industrial Classification (SIC93) is used. The data give an indication which branches are (most) innovative.

Data available from: 2000.

Changed as of: 18 April 2013
Due to a calculation error the number of patent applications at the EPO of the industry C Mining and quarrying was not correct in 2007. This has been corrected in this version (was 64, now 113). This table is stopped due to the switch to the Standard Industrial Classification 2008 (SIC 2008).

Status of the figures:
Data are final for 2000 to 2008.

When will new figures be published?
This table has been stopped as of 18 April 2013 and is continued as Patent applicants and patent applications by SIC 2008.

Patent applicants and patent applications; by SIC93 of applicant, 2000-2008

Industry/branches (SIC93) 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)
A-Q All economic activities 2000 665 4,003 1,074 2,031
A-Q All economic activities 2005 693 4,820 1,088 1,837
A-Q All economic activities 2006 756 5,070 1,000 1,764
A-Q All economic activities 2007 783 5,123 981 1,649
A-Q All economic activities 2008 714 4,597 957 1,887
A Agriculture 2000 10 9 27 25
A Agriculture 2005 15 19 15 17
A Agriculture 2006 9 14 30 28
A Agriculture 2007 12 18 27 29
A Agriculture 2008 10 13 24 29
B Fishing 2000 . . . .
B Fishing 2005 . . 1 1
B Fishing 2006 . . 1 1
B Fishing 2007 1 1 3 3
B Fishing 2008 1 2 1 1
C Mining and quarrying 2000 3 3 1 3
C Mining and quarrying 2005 1 1 2 2
C Mining and quarrying 2006 3 64 0 0
C Mining and quarrying 2007 2 113 0 0
C Mining and quarrying 2008 3 251 2 4
D Manufacturing 2000 257 2,838 357 687
D Manufacturing 2005 269 3,836 339 583
D Manufacturing 2006 276 3,672 306 567
D Manufacturing 2007 273 3,626 297 513
D Manufacturing 2008 270 2,926 274 605
E Electricity,gas, steam, hot water ... 2000 1 1 1 1
E Electricity,gas, steam, hot water ... 2005 2 2 6 6
E Electricity,gas, steam, hot water ... 2006 3 3 4 5
E Electricity,gas, steam, hot water ... 2007 3 4 3 2
E Electricity,gas, steam, hot water ... 2008 5 11 8 10
F Construction 2000 20 33 60 98
F Construction 2005 20 22 63 85
F Construction 2006 17 32 60 91
F Construction 2007 26 38 64 88
F Construction 2008 14 20 62 72
G Wholesale and retail trade; repair ... 2000 106 193 215 262
G Wholesale and retail trade; repair ... 2005 114 182 204 249
G Wholesale and retail trade; repair ... 2006 126 411 205 312
G Wholesale and retail trade; repair ... 2007 152 277 181 241
G Wholesale and retail trade; repair ... 2008 128 254 188 260
H Hotels and restaurants 2000 2 2 4 4
H Hotels and restaurants 2005 3 3 4 4
H Hotels and restaurants 2006 3 3 5 5
H Hotels and restaurants 2007 5 6 6 6
H Hotels and restaurants 2008 2 2 4 6
I Transport, storage and communication 2000 8 44 20 53
I Transport, storage and communication 2005 9 28 15 17
I Transport, storage and communication 2006 10 56 20 18
I Transport, storage and communication 2007 13 71 13 14
I Transport, storage and communication 2008 6 41 10 11
J Financial intermediation 2000 28 52 40 49
J Financial intermediation 2005 27 67 41 40
J Financial intermediation 2006 45 80 43 50
J Financial intermediation 2007 40 83 46 47
J Financial intermediation 2008 32 53 48 47
K Real estate, renting and business ... 2000 194 503 299 408
K Real estate, renting and business ... 2005 202 354 355 433
K Real estate, renting and business ... 2006 215 503 278 351
K Real estate, renting and business ... 2007 207 627 284 349
K Real estate, renting and business ... 2008 202 622 290 342
L Public administration and defence 2000 . . 1 1
L Public administration and defence 2005 1 1 1 1
L Public administration and defence 2006 1 1 2 1
L Public administration and defence 2007 . . . .
L Public administration and defence 2008 . . 1 1
M Education 2000 10 47 11 33
M Education 2005 10 41 6 27
M Education 2006 11 57 10 35
M Education 2007 13 64 10 32
M Education 2008 12 76 10 34
N Health and social work 2000 20 59 13 12
N Health and social work 2005 17 39 13 12
N Health and social work 2006 20 50 15 13
N Health and social work 2007 25 66 16 19
N Health and social work 2008 21 65 14 13
O Other community, social and ... 2000 6 7 25 37
O Other community, social and ... 2005 3 12 22 23
O Other community, social and ... 2006 17 26 21 23
O Other community, social and ... 2007 11 21 31 34
O Other community, social and ... 2008 8 10 20 21
P Private households with employed ... 2000 . . . .
P Private households with employed ... 2005 . . . .
P Private households with employed ... 2006 . . . .
P Private households with employed ... 2007 . . . .
P Private households with employed ... 2008 . . . .
Q Extra-territorial organizations ... 2000 . . . .
Q Extra-territorial organizations ... 2005 . . . .
Q Extra-territorial organizations ... 2006 . . . .
Q Extra-territorial organizations ... 2007 . . . .
Q Extra-territorial organizations ... 2008 . . . .
Unknown 2000 . 214 . 357
Unknown 2005 . 213 . 337
Unknown 2006 . 101 . 265
Unknown 2007 . 108 . 274
Unknown 2008 . 254 . 434
Source: CBS.
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