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 (SIC 2008) is used. The data give an indication which branches are (most) innovative.
This table has been stopped.
Data available from 2009 up to 2010.
Status of the figures:
Data are final for 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No longer applicable.
|Industry/branches (SIC 2008)||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-U All economic activities||2009||777||4,544||1,097||1,904|
|A-U All economic activities||2010*||695||3,460||1,039||1,849|
|A Agriculture, forestry and fishing||2009||14||20||19||18|
|A Agriculture, forestry and fishing||2010*||12||16||22||24|
|B Mining and quarrying||2009||1||165||1||1|
|B Mining and quarrying||2010*||1||123||3||4|
|D Electricity and gas supply||2009||7||12||2||4|
|D Electricity and gas supply||2010*||4||5||5||7|
|E Water supply and waste management||2009||6||7||3||4|
|E Water supply and waste management||2010*||3||3||7||8|
|G Wholesale and retail trade||2009||137||243||203||275|
|G Wholesale and retail trade||2010*||129||224||231||298|
|H Transportation and storage||2009||4||5||10||13|
|H Transportation and storage||2010*||4||5||6||7|
|I Accommodation and food serving||2009||2||2||6||6|
|I Accommodation and food serving||2010*||1||1||4||4|
|J Information and communication||2009||24||64||41||39|
|J Information and communication||2010*||31||72||32||35|
|K Financial institutions||2009||36||58||73||84|
|K Financial institutions||2010*||18||31||45||48|
|L Renting, buying, selling real estate||2009||7||8||11||13|
|L Renting, buying, selling real estate||2010*||2||2||8||10|
|M Other specialised business services||2009||169||665||239||293|
|M Other specialised business services||2010*||151||512||241||296|
|N Renting and other business support||2009||27||38||32||38|
|N Renting and other business support||2010*||16||30||28||42|
|O Public administration and services||2009||1||3||1||1|
|O Public administration and services||2010*||.||.||1||1|
|Q Health and social work activities||2009||17||50||13||13|
|Q Health and social work activities||2010*||16||43||10||10|
|R Culture, sports and recreation||2009||6||6||21||22|
|R Culture, sports and recreation||2010*||3||3||10||9|
|S Other service activities||2009||8||26||11||10|
|S Other service activities||2010*||7||10||13||12|
|T Activities of households||2009||.||.||.||.|
|T Activities of households||2010*||.||.||.||.|
|U Extraterritorial organisations||2009||.||.||.||.|
|U Extraterritorial organisations||2010*||.||.||.||.|