Patent applicants and applications; SIC 2008 and company size

Patent applicants and applications; SIC 2008 and company size

Country (UCI) SIC 2008 Company size 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)
Total domestic and foreign A-U All economic activities Total employed persons 2013 947 4,147 74 550 1,201 1,490 2 2
Total domestic and foreign A-U All economic activities Total employed persons 2014 940 4,389 77 440 1,339 1,723 16 16
Total domestic and foreign A-U All economic activities Total employed persons 2015 1,103 4,844 86 463 1,426 1,894 10 10
Total domestic and foreign A-U All economic activities Total employed persons 2016 967 4,189 72 458 1,534 1,996 11 12
Total domestic and foreign A-U All economic activities Total employed persons 2017 1,184 4,500 51 371 1,270 1,789 11 10
Total domestic and foreign A-U All economic activities Total employed persons 2018** 907 4,175 77 371 1,357 1,888 15 16
Total domestic and foreign A-U All economic activities Total employed persons 2019* 456 2,007 33 97 1,216 1,842 14 17
Total domestic and foreign A Agriculture, forestry and fishing Total employed persons 2013 . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign A Agriculture, forestry and fishing Total employed persons 2014 11 19 2 1 27 26 0 0
Total domestic and foreign A Agriculture, forestry and fishing Total employed persons 2015 12 32 0 0 19 30 0 0
Total domestic and foreign A Agriculture, forestry and fishing Total employed persons 2016 12 33 0 0 16 21 0 0
Total domestic and foreign A Agriculture, forestry and fishing Total employed persons 2017 5 8 0 0 13 17 0 0
Total domestic and foreign A Agriculture, forestry and fishing Total employed persons 2018** 6 9 0 0 11 11 0 0
Total domestic and foreign A Agriculture, forestry and fishing Total employed persons 2019* 6 7 0 0 15 17 1 1
Total domestic and foreign B Mining and quarrying Total employed persons 2013 . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign B Mining and quarrying Total employed persons 2014 5 140 3 118 4 7 0 0
Total domestic and foreign B Mining and quarrying Total employed persons 2015 7 120 4 107 4 8 0 0
Total domestic and foreign B Mining and quarrying Total employed persons 2016 8 110 3 100 5 9 0 0
Total domestic and foreign B Mining and quarrying Total employed persons 2017 2 3 0 0 3 5 0 0
Total domestic and foreign B Mining and quarrying Total employed persons 2018** 2 5 0 0 1 5 0 0
Total domestic and foreign B Mining and quarrying Total employed persons 2019* . . . . 4 6 0 0
Total domestic and foreign C Manufacturing Total employed persons 2013 276 2,626 22 296 288 426 1 1
Total domestic and foreign C Manufacturing Total employed persons 2014 275 2,836 24 228 261 524 6 8
Total domestic and foreign C Manufacturing Total employed persons 2015 316 3,134 22 228 277 609 4 4
Total domestic and foreign C Manufacturing Total employed persons 2016 338 2,918 22 270 309 561 2 2
Total domestic and foreign C Manufacturing Total employed persons 2017 315 2,831 18 161 297 637 3 3
Total domestic and foreign C Manufacturing Total employed persons 2018** 311 2,653 29 122 283 618 5 6
Total domestic and foreign C Manufacturing Total employed persons 2019* 165 1,409 9 10 295 699 3 6
Total domestic and foreign D Energy supply Total employed persons 2013 . . . . 2 2 0 0
Total domestic and foreign D Energy supply Total employed persons 2014 4 5 0 0 5 8 0 0
Total domestic and foreign D Energy supply Total employed persons 2015 5 5 0 0 7 7 0 0
Total domestic and foreign D Energy supply Total employed persons 2016 7 8 0 0 8 9 0 0
Total domestic and foreign D Energy supply Total employed persons 2017 4 5 0 0 7 9 0 0
Total domestic and foreign D Energy supply Total employed persons 2018** 5 7 0 0 6 8 0 0
Total domestic and foreign D Energy supply Total employed persons 2019* 3 3 0 0 6 11 0 0
Total domestic and foreign E Water supply and waste management Total employed persons 2013 2 2 0 0 6 6 0 0
Total domestic and foreign E Water supply and waste management Total employed persons 2014 3 3 0 0 4 4 0 0
Total domestic and foreign E Water supply and waste management Total employed persons 2015 5 5 0 0 9 10 0 0
Total domestic and foreign E Water supply and waste management Total employed persons 2016 3 3 0 0 4 4 0 0
Total domestic and foreign E Water supply and waste management Total employed persons 2017 5 5 1 1 6 6 0 0
Total domestic and foreign E Water supply and waste management Total employed persons 2018** 5 6 0 0 6 7 0 0
Total domestic and foreign E Water supply and waste management Total employed persons 2019* . . . . 4 4 0 0
Total domestic and foreign F Construction Total employed persons 2013 18 21 1 1 60 68 0 0
Total domestic and foreign F Construction Total employed persons 2014 15 21 1 1 49 50 0 0
Total domestic and foreign F Construction Total employed persons 2015 25 31 4 4 60 74 1 1
Total domestic and foreign F Construction Total employed persons 2016 23 30 2 2 53 61 0 0
Total domestic and foreign F Construction Total employed persons 2017 29 39 1 5 47 60 0 0
Total domestic and foreign F Construction Total employed persons 2018** 19 24 1 1 45 59 0 0
Total domestic and foreign F Construction Total employed persons 2019* 15 16 0 0 41 51 0 0
Total domestic and foreign G Wholesale and retail trade Total employed persons 2013 105 213 6 22 153 201 1 1
Total domestic and foreign G Wholesale and retail trade Total employed persons 2014 129 265 7 27 170 211 0 0
Total domestic and foreign G Wholesale and retail trade Total employed persons 2015 119 192 7 11 167 210 0 0
Total domestic and foreign G Wholesale and retail trade Total employed persons 2016 107 195 4 10 170 213 4 4
Total domestic and foreign G Wholesale and retail trade Total employed persons 2017 124 314 5 70 151 200 0 0
Total domestic and foreign G Wholesale and retail trade Total employed persons 2018** 103 196 2 3 140 178 1 0
Total domestic and foreign G Wholesale and retail trade Total employed persons 2019* 56 79 2 6 139 192 1 1
Total domestic and foreign H Transportation and storage Total employed persons 2013 7 7 1 1 11 12 0 0
Total domestic and foreign H Transportation and storage Total employed persons 2014 6 12 2 2 10 17 0 0
Total domestic and foreign H Transportation and storage Total employed persons 2015 8 11 0 0 12 19 0 0
Total domestic and foreign H Transportation and storage Total employed persons 2016 10 17 0 0 9 14 0 0
Total domestic and foreign H Transportation and storage Total employed persons 2017 3 9 0 0 5 17 0 0
Total domestic and foreign H Transportation and storage Total employed persons 2018** 6 12 0 0 10 13 0 0
Total domestic and foreign H Transportation and storage Total employed persons 2019* 4 4 0 0 5 12 0 0
Total domestic and foreign I Accommodation and food serving Total employed persons 2013 . . . . 2 2 0 0
Total domestic and foreign I Accommodation and food serving Total employed persons 2014 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
Total domestic and foreign I Accommodation and food serving Total employed persons 2015 3 3 0 0 2 2 0 0
Total domestic and foreign I Accommodation and food serving Total employed persons 2016 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
Total domestic and foreign I Accommodation and food serving Total employed persons 2017 1 1 0 0 3 3 1 1
Total domestic and foreign I Accommodation and food serving Total employed persons 2018** 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0
Total domestic and foreign I Accommodation and food serving Total employed persons 2019* 1 1 0 0 4 6 0 0
Total domestic and foreign J Information and communication Total employed persons 2013 32 176 5 26 30 30 0 0
Total domestic and foreign J Information and communication Total employed persons 2014 30 156 2 13 29 28 0 0
Total domestic and foreign J Information and communication Total employed persons 2015 34 161 4 17 37 44 0 0
Total domestic and foreign J Information and communication Total employed persons 2016 36 138 2 5 42 44 0 0
Total domestic and foreign J Information and communication Total employed persons 2017 35 143 1 8 45 47 0 0
Total domestic and foreign J Information and communication Total employed persons 2018** 27 199 3 14 26 38 0 0
Total domestic and foreign J Information and communication Total employed persons 2019* 20 127 1 2 27 35 0 0
Total domestic and foreign K Financial institutions Total employed persons 2013 16 19 0 0 34 49 0 0
Total domestic and foreign K Financial institutions Total employed persons 2014 21 27 1 1 26 34 1 1
Total domestic and foreign K Financial institutions Total employed persons 2015 32 62 1 1 58 94 1 1
Total domestic and foreign K Financial institutions Total employed persons 2016 31 35 1 1 44 57 1 2
Total domestic and foreign K Financial institutions Total employed persons 2017 36 56 2 13 48 48 0 0
Total domestic and foreign K Financial institutions Total employed persons 2018** 49 75 2 5 51 56 0 0
Total domestic and foreign K Financial institutions Total employed persons 2019* 24 35 2 2 37 41 0 0
Total domestic and foreign L Renting, buying, selling real estate Total employed persons 2013 5 5 0 0 3 4 0 0
Total domestic and foreign L Renting, buying, selling real estate Total employed persons 2014 3 3 0 0 8 8 0 0
Total domestic and foreign L Renting, buying, selling real estate Total employed persons 2015 1 1 0 0 6 5 0 0
Total domestic and foreign L Renting, buying, selling real estate Total employed persons 2016 3 3 0 0 7 8 0 0
Total domestic and foreign L Renting, buying, selling real estate Total employed persons 2017 3 4 0 0 5 6 0 0
Total domestic and foreign L Renting, buying, selling real estate Total employed persons 2018** 2 2 0 0 4 5 0 0
Total domestic and foreign L Renting, buying, selling real estate Total employed persons 2019* . . . . 4 4 0 0
Total domestic and foreign M Other specialised business services Total employed persons 2013 107 272 7 12 171 221 0 0
Total domestic and foreign M Other specialised business services Total employed persons 2014 132 279 4 11 182 234 4 4
Total domestic and foreign M Other specialised business services Total employed persons 2015 147 393 19 59 199 269 1 1
Total domestic and foreign M Other specialised business services Total employed persons 2016 177 402 18 51 208 301 3 3
Total domestic and foreign M Other specialised business services Total employed persons 2017 172 405 8 51 186 239 2 1
Total domestic and foreign M Other specialised business services Total employed persons 2018** 176 392 13 46 185 244 1 1
Total domestic and foreign M Other specialised business services Total employed persons 2019* 66 194 8 48 217 283 2 2
Total domestic and foreign N Renting and other business support Total employed persons 2013 12 89 1 3 25 43 0 0
Total domestic and foreign N Renting and other business support Total employed persons 2014 10 95 1 1 21 49 0 0
Total domestic and foreign N Renting and other business support Total employed persons 2015 23 31 1 3 40 51 0 0
Total domestic and foreign N Renting and other business support Total employed persons 2016 27 39 1 1 34 50 1 1
Total domestic and foreign N Renting and other business support Total employed persons 2017 33 168 1 1 32 42 0 0
Total domestic and foreign N Renting and other business support Total employed persons 2018** 36 102 3 45 33 44 0 0
Total domestic and foreign N Renting and other business support Total employed persons 2019* 14 33 3 16 31 36 0 0
Total domestic and foreign O Public administration and services Total employed persons 2013 3 4 1 1 1 1 0 0
Total domestic and foreign O Public administration and services Total employed persons 2014 . . . . 1 1 0 0
Total domestic and foreign O Public administration and services Total employed persons 2015 1 1 0 0 . . . .
Total domestic and foreign O Public administration and services Total employed persons 2016 1 2 0 0 . . . .
Total domestic and foreign O Public administration and services Total employed persons 2017 3 3 0 0 . . . .
Total domestic and foreign O Public administration and services Total employed persons 2018** 1 1 0 0 . . . .
Total domestic and foreign O Public administration and services Total employed persons 2019* 1 2 0 0 2 1 0 0
Total domestic and foreign P Education Total employed persons 2013 10 46 4 8 12 17 0 0
Total domestic and foreign P Education Total employed persons 2014 11 45 6 15 9 9 1 0
Total domestic and foreign P Education Total employed persons 2015 11 49 3 5 11 12 0 0
Total domestic and foreign P Education Total employed persons 2016 10 45 6 7 11 13 0 0
Total domestic and foreign P Education Total employed persons 2017 13 53 2 6 10 26 0 0
Total domestic and foreign P Education Total employed persons 2018** 11 82 5 17 8 33 1 2
Total domestic and foreign P Education Total employed persons 2019* 11 14 2 2 11 56 1 1
Total domestic and foreign Q Health and social work activities Total employed persons 2013 20 28 0 0 9 10 0 0
Total domestic and foreign Q Health and social work activities Total employed persons 2014 24 39 3 3 24 20 0 0
Total domestic and foreign Q Health and social work activities Total employed persons 2015 28 61 2 2 40 32 0 0
Total domestic and foreign Q Health and social work activities Total employed persons 2016 23 34 3 2 57 58 0 0
Total domestic and foreign Q Health and social work activities Total employed persons 2017 46 58 4 5 29 32 0 0
Total domestic and foreign Q Health and social work activities Total employed persons 2018** 14 30 3 4 40 48 1 1
Total domestic and foreign Q Health and social work activities Total employed persons 2019* 7 8 0 0 23 25 1 1
Total domestic and foreign R Culture, sports and recreation Total employed persons 2013 8 179 3 156 10 48 0 0
Total domestic and foreign R Culture, sports and recreation Total employed persons 2014 7 14 2 2 7 44 0 0
Total domestic and foreign R Culture, sports and recreation Total employed persons 2015 3 10 0 1 3 26 0 0
Total domestic and foreign R Culture, sports and recreation Total employed persons 2016 4 11 1 2 5 40 0 0
Total domestic and foreign R Culture, sports and recreation Total employed persons 2017 3 3 0 0 5 23 0 0
Total domestic and foreign R Culture, sports and recreation Total employed persons 2018** 2 7 1 1 4 41 1 2
Total domestic and foreign R Culture, sports and recreation Total employed persons 2019* 1 3 1 3 4 30 1 1
Total domestic and foreign S Other service activities Total employed persons 2013 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 0
Total domestic and foreign S Other service activities Total employed persons 2014 5 8 0 0 5 7 1 0
Total domestic and foreign S Other service activities Total employed persons 2015 7 9 3 2 6 7 0 0
Total domestic and foreign S Other service activities Total employed persons 2016 12 13 2 2 8 7 0 0
Total domestic and foreign S Other service activities Total employed persons 2017 7 7 1 1 8 7 0 0
Total domestic and foreign S Other service activities Total employed persons 2018** 3 6 2 2 5 5 0 0
Total domestic and foreign S Other service activities Total employed persons 2019* 4 3 1 1 7 6 1 1
Total domestic and foreign T Activities of households Total employed persons 2013 . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign T Activities of households Total employed persons 2014 . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign T Activities of households Total employed persons 2015 . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign T Activities of households Total employed persons 2016 . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign T Activities of households Total employed persons 2017 . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign T Activities of households Total employed persons 2018** . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign T Activities of households Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign U Extraterritorial organisations Total employed persons 2013 . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign U Extraterritorial organisations Total employed persons 2014 . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign U Extraterritorial organisations Total employed persons 2015 . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign U Extraterritorial organisations Total employed persons 2016 . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign U Extraterritorial organisations Total employed persons 2017 . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign U Extraterritorial organisations Total employed persons 2018** . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign U Extraterritorial organisations Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign Unknown Total employed persons 2013 324 458 23 25 383 347 0 0
Total domestic and foreign Unknown Total employed persons 2014 248 423 19 19 384 387 3 2
Total domestic and foreign Unknown Total employed persons 2015 203 309 15 23 245 220 3 3
Total domestic and foreign Unknown Total employed persons 2016 134 152 7 6 207 192 0 0
Total domestic and foreign Unknown Total employed persons 2017 123 165 7 50 259 254 5 5
Total domestic and foreign Unknown Total employed persons 2018** 126 366 14 113 274 251 5 4
Total domestic and foreign Unknown Total employed persons 2019* 58 70 4 9 229 216 4 4
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 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. Additionally, a breakdown by enterprise size class is available.

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.