Patent applicants and patent applications; technology field

Patent applicants and patent applications; technology field

Technology area Periods EPO-Patent applicants (number) EPO-Patent applications (number) EPO-Patent Applicants with foreign cooperation (number) EPO-Patent Applications with foreign cooperation (number) OCNL-Patent Patent applicants (number) OCNL-Patent Patent applications (number) OCNL-Patent Applicants with foreign cooperation (number) OCNL-Patent Applications with foreign cooperation (number)
All technology areas 2013 895 4,140 70 550 1,160 1,490 0 0
All technology areas 2014 895 4,385 70 440 1,175 1,660 15 15
All technology areas 2015 905 4,590 75 460 1,135 1,705 10 10
All technology areas 2016 890 4,190 65 460 1,115 1,615 10 10
All technology areas 2017 870 4,245 50 370 1,100 1,665 10 10
All technology areas 2018** 870 4,190 80 370 1,075 1,635 15 15
All technology areas 2019* 750 3,395 65 280 1,065 1,715 15 15
A Human necessities 2013 240 1,010 15 145 285 340 0 0
A Human necessities 2014 220 1,005 20 125 320 410 5 5
A Human necessities 2015 240 1,125 20 140 305 410 0 0
A Human necessities 2016 255 1,080 15 170 315 425 5 5
A Human necessities 2017 250 1,130 15 140 310 415 5 5
A Human necessities 2018** 255 1,145 20 120 305 410 5 5
A Human necessities 2019* 210 850 15 70 330 445 5 5
B Performing operations; transporting 2013 200 485 10 25 315 395 0 0
B Performing operations; transporting 2014 205 580 10 35 310 425 5 10
B Performing operations; transporting 2015 230 660 10 35 305 425 5 5
B Performing operations; transporting 2016 215 580 10 30 295 405 5 5
B Performing operations; transporting 2017 195 545 5 25 285 415 0 0
B Performing operations; transporting 2018** 185 515 10 15 270 385 0 0
B Performing operations; transporting 2019* 180 460 10 15 250 410 0 5
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2013 85 610 15 100 50 65 0 0
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2014 100 705 15 90 40 60 0 0
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2015 105 760 15 85 55 85 0 0
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2016 90 665 15 85 45 70 0 0
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2017 90 525 10 65 55 75 0 0
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2018** 100 595 15 95 55 90 0 0
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2019* 90 435 15 45 60 105 0 0
D Textiles; paper 2013 10 45 0 0 5 5 0 0
D Textiles; paper 2014 5 35 0 5 5 10 0 0
D Textiles; paper 2015 10 45 0 5 5 10 0 0
D Textiles; paper 2016 15 40 0 5 10 10 0 0
D Textiles; paper 2017 15 40 0 5 10 15 0 0
D Textiles; paper 2018** 10 20 0 5 10 10 0 0
D Textiles; paper 2019* 10 25 0 0 10 15 0 0
E Fixed constructions 2013 90 220 0 85 170 220 0 0
E Fixed constructions 2014 95 220 5 60 175 240 0 0
E Fixed constructions 2015 80 205 5 50 150 195 0 0
E Fixed constructions 2016 80 185 5 45 145 200 0 0
E Fixed constructions 2017 75 150 0 30 130 180 5 0
E Fixed constructions 2018** 70 120 5 20 130 165 0 0
E Fixed constructions 2019* 50 120 0 35 140 195 0 0
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2013 95 295 5 20 130 175 0 0
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2014 95 295 5 5 140 175 0 0
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2015 85 270 5 10 120 155 0 0
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2016 75 230 5 10 90 120 0 0
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2017 70 230 0 5 105 160 0 0
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2018** 80 205 10 10 125 165 5 5
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2019* 55 175 5 5 110 155 0 0
G Physics 2013 95 775 10 125 130 175 0 0
G Physics 2014 95 850 5 70 110 215 0 0
G Physics 2015 90 845 10 75 125 305 0 0
G Physics 2016 105 790 10 75 135 270 0 0
G Physics 2017 105 965 5 60 120 255 0 0
G Physics 2018** 105 950 10 65 110 285 0 5
G Physics 2019* 95 815 15 55 95 270 0 0
H Electricity 2013 75 700 10 50 80 115 0 0
H Electricity 2014 75 695 5 40 75 130 0 0
H Electricity 2015 65 680 5 55 70 110 0 0
H Electricity 2016 60 620 5 40 85 115 0 0
H Electricity 2017 75 660 5 40 80 135 0 0
H Electricity 2018** 70 645 10 45 70 125 0 5
H Electricity 2019* 60 520 10 50 65 120 0 5
Source: CBS.
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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 the Netherlands Patent Office (OCNL), a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). 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 OCNL. The patent office will grant or reject the application.

The data are broken down by the technology field 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 fields, each technology field is attributed a fraction of the application. If, for example, an application can be classified as relating to two technology fields, half of one application is allocated to each technology field. As a result the total number of patent applications remains equal.

Data available from: 2013

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table are definitive for the years 2013 – 2017. For 2018 the figure is revised provisional. For 2019 the figure is provisional.

Changes as of 10 February 2023:
Provisional figures about 2018 and 2019 have been updated.
Correction over the years 2013-2019. In addition to the semi-annual update of the StatLine table based on the 'PATSTAT autumn' dataset, there has also been a correction. Previously, a patent applicant was counted via the psn_id (the ID for standardised names within PATSTAT), with each psn_id representing a unique applicant. Further analysis of the microdata shows that some companies are nevertheless represented by multiple psn_id's, resulting in some companies being doubly counted as patent applicants. With this correction, the companies themselves are counted as applicants instead of the psn_ids, eliminating double counting. If the applicant can be linked to the business registry then the enterprise is counted as the applicant. In case the applicant cannot be linked, the psn_id will still be counted as the applicant. This correction covers all reference years and concerns a few dozen fewer patent applicants per year than before. Furthermore, the statistics are now rounded to multiples of five.

When will new figures be published?
Mid 2023 new figures about 2020 will be published.

Description topics

EPO-Patent
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.
applicants
Enterprises who applied for a patent 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.
applications
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.
Applicants with foreign cooperation
Enterprises who applied for a patent at the European Patent Office (EPO) in the period observed, where the Dutch applicant has cooperated with a foreign entity for any of its applications.
Applications with foreign cooperation
Patent applications at the European Patent Office (EPO) in the period observed, where the Dutch applicant has cooperated with a foreign entity for this specific application.
OCNL-Patent
A patent that is granted by NL Patent Office (OCNL), a division of Agency NL, is only valid in the Netherlands.
Patent applicants
Enterprises who applied for a patent at the Netherlands Patent Office (OCNL), a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), in the period observed.
A patent that is granted by NL Patent Office (OCNL), a division of Agency NL, is only valid in the Netherlands.

Patent applications
Patent applications at the Netherlands Patent Office (OCNL), a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), in the period observed.
A patent that is granted by NL Patent Office (OCNL), a division of Agency NL, is only valid in the Netherlands.
Applicants with foreign cooperation
Enterprises who applied for a patent at the Netherlands Patent Office (OCNL), a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), in the period observed, where the Dutch applicant has cooperated with a foreign entity for any of its applications.
Applications with foreign cooperation
Patent applications at the Netherlands Patent Office (OCNL), a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), in the period observed, where the Dutch applicant has cooperated with a foreign entity for this specific application.