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 947 4,147 74 550 1,201 1,490 2 2
All technology areas 2014 940 4,389 77 440 1,212 1,660 16 16
All technology areas 2015 976 4,590 86 463 1,172 1,703 10 10
All technology areas 2016 967 4,189 72 458 1,153 1,615 11 12
All technology areas 2017 930 4,246 51 371 1,143 1,662 11 10
All technology areas 2018** 907 4,175 77 371 1,103 1,634 15 16
All technology areas 2019* 456 2,007 33 97 1,089 1,715 14 17
A Human necessities 2013 253 1,013 19 146 292 340 0 0
A Human necessities 2014 234 1,006 18 129 325 408 4 3
A Human necessities 2015 262 1,123 24 143 310 410 1 1
A Human necessities 2016 277 1,077 19 170 324 423 4 4
A Human necessities 2017 263 1,132 17 142 315 416 6 6
A Human necessities 2018** 265 1,138 18 121 316 410 4 5
A Human necessities 2019* 113 458 8 16 337 446 6 6
B Performing operations; transporting 2013 209 489 9 25 325 397 0 1
B Performing operations; transporting 2014 212 582 11 34 319 424 6 8
B Performing operations; transporting 2015 242 660 13 38 318 425 5 5
B Performing operations; transporting 2016 226 580 11 32 305 404 3 3
B Performing operations; transporting 2017 206 544 6 23 298 418 2 2
B Performing operations; transporting 2018** 184 514 10 16 277 386 0 1
B Performing operations; transporting 2019* 112 270 5 5 265 411 2 3
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2013 97 611 15 99 51 67 0 1
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2014 111 702 19 91 43 60 1 1
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2015 119 762 18 84 55 87 0 0
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2016 104 664 15 84 44 68 1 1
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2017 99 522 10 65 60 77 0 0
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2018** 114 594 16 96 57 91 1 1
C Chemistry; metallurgy 2019* 53 176 5 10 62 105 2 2
D Textiles; paper 2013 11 46 1 1 4 6 0 0
D Textiles; paper 2014 8 38 1 5 7 8 0 0
D Textiles; paper 2015 10 46 0 7 6 9 0 0
D Textiles; paper 2016 14 42 1 7 10 11 0 0
D Textiles; paper 2017 12 42 1 5 11 16 0 0
D Textiles; paper 2018** 7 20 1 4 7 8 0 0
D Textiles; paper 2019* 5 19 0 1 10 16 0 0
E Fixed constructions 2013 91 220 2 84 179 218 1 1
E Fixed constructions 2014 94 220 7 61 185 242 1 1
E Fixed constructions 2015 90 204 7 52 157 197 1 1
E Fixed constructions 2016 88 187 3 44 152 200 1 1
E Fixed constructions 2017 80 150 2 31 138 181 3 2
E Fixed constructions 2018** 72 121 3 19 133 165 0 1
E Fixed constructions 2019* 36 58 1 8 146 194 0 1
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2013 99 294 7 20 133 174 0 0
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2014 99 295 5 7 144 173 1 1
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2015 87 269 4 9 124 157 1 1
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2016 78 233 6 10 91 120 0 0
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2017 72 228 1 4 110 160 0 0
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2018** 83 203 9 8 124 164 5 3
F Mechanical engineering; lighting. 2019* 36 83 1 1 109 153 1 2
G Physics 2013 105 776 12 126 135 175 1 0
G Physics 2014 101 851 8 73 112 215 2 2
G Physics 2015 97 848 13 77 128 306 1 2
G Physics 2016 120 794 11 73 140 272 2 2
G Physics 2017 115 968 7 61 123 257 1 1
G Physics 2018** 110 947 11 65 117 284 3 4
G Physics 2019* 56 595 6 20 97 271 2 2
H Electricity 2013 82 698 10 49 82 113 0 0
H Electricity 2014 80 695 7 41 78 129 0 0
H Electricity 2015 70 678 7 54 74 112 1 1
H Electricity 2016 60 612 6 39 86 117 0 1
H Electricity 2017 81 660 7 40 87 137 0 0
H Electricity 2018** 72 638 9 42 73 127 1 3
H Electricity 2019* 46 350 6 37 65 120 1 3
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

Table description


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 18 July 2022:
None, this is a new table.

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.