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-N Business economy and agriculture Total employed persons 2019* 374 1,908 25 84 830 1,395 7 10
Total domestic and foreign A-N Business economy and agriculture 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 178 252 9 40 559 704 4 6
Total domestic and foreign A-N Business economy and agriculture 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 80 190 4 22 139 226 0 0
Total domestic and foreign A-N Business economy and agriculture 250 and more employed persons 2019* 108 1,454 12 22 113 446 3 4
Total domestic and foreign A-N Business economy and agriculture Employed persons unknown 2019* 9 12 0 0 18 19 0 0
Total domestic and foreign M-N Business services Total employed persons 2019* 80 227 11 64 248 319 2 2
Total domestic and foreign M-N Business services 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 59 101 5 35 216 271 2 2
Total domestic and foreign M-N Business services 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 11 50 3 21 10 15 0 0
Total domestic and foreign M-N Business services 250 and more employed persons 2019* 8 74 3 8 12 22 0 0
Total domestic and foreign M-N Business services Employed persons unknown 2019* 2 2 0 0 10 11 0 0
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 M Other specialised business services 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 51 92 5 35 194 243 2 2
Total domestic and foreign M Other specialised business services 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 8 29 1 6 7 13 0 0
Total domestic and foreign M Other specialised business services 250 and more employed persons 2019* 6 72 2 7 10 20 0 0
Total domestic and foreign M Other specialised business services Employed persons unknown 2019* 1 1 0 0 6 7 0 0
Total domestic and foreign 74 Other specialised business services Total employed persons 2019* 2 2 0 0 17 23 0 0
Total domestic and foreign 74 Other specialised business services 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 2 2 0 0 16 22 0 0
Total domestic and foreign 74 Other specialised business services 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign 74 Other specialised business services 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign 74 Other specialised business services Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . 1 1 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 N Renting and other business support 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 8 9 0 0 22 28 0 0
Total domestic and foreign N Renting and other business support 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 3 21 2 15 3 2 0 0
Total domestic and foreign N Renting and other business support 250 and more employed persons 2019* 2 2 1 1 2 2 0 0
Total domestic and foreign N Renting and other business support Employed persons unknown 2019* 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0
Total domestic and foreign 82 Other business services Total employed persons 2019* . . . . 1 1 0 0
Total domestic and foreign 82 Other business services 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . 1 1 0 0
Total domestic and foreign 82 Other business services 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign 82 Other business services 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Total domestic and foreign 82 Other business services Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Domestic A-N Business economy and agriculture Total employed persons 2019* 274 1,395 10 45 749 1,218 4 6
Domestic A-N Business economy and agriculture 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 157 224 5 35 541 678 3 5
Domestic A-N Business economy and agriculture 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 48 59 0 0 110 168 0 0
Domestic A-N Business economy and agriculture 250 and more employed persons 2019* 60 1,100 5 10 79 352 1 1
Domestic A-N Business economy and agriculture Employed persons unknown 2019* 9 12 0 0 18 19 0 0
Domestic M-N Business services Total employed persons 2019* 69 177 6 41 243 309 1 1
Domestic M-N Business services 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 54 95 3 33 211 261 1 1
Domestic M-N Business services 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 5 6 0 0 10 15 0 0
Domestic M-N Business services 250 and more employed persons 2019* 8 74 3 8 12 22 0 0
Domestic M-N Business services Employed persons unknown 2019* 2 2 0 0 10 11 0 0
Domestic M Other specialised business services Total employed persons 2019* 59 166 5 40 214 276 1 1
Domestic M Other specialised business services 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 47 87 3 33 191 236 1 1
Domestic M Other specialised business services 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 5 6 0 0 7 13 0 0
Domestic M Other specialised business services 250 and more employed persons 2019* 6 72 2 7 10 20 0 0
Domestic M Other specialised business services Employed persons unknown 2019* 1 1 0 0 6 7 0 0
Domestic 74 Other specialised business services Total employed persons 2019* 2 2 0 0 17 23 0 0
Domestic 74 Other specialised business services 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 2 2 0 0 16 22 0 0
Domestic 74 Other specialised business services 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Domestic 74 Other specialised business services 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Domestic 74 Other specialised business services Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . 1 1 0 0
Domestic N Renting and other business support Total employed persons 2019* 10 11 1 1 29 33 0 0
Domestic N Renting and other business support 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 7 8 0 0 20 25 0 0
Domestic N Renting and other business support 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . 3 2 0 0
Domestic N Renting and other business support 250 and more employed persons 2019* 2 2 1 1 2 2 0 0
Domestic N Renting and other business support Employed persons unknown 2019* 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0
Domestic 82 Other business services Total employed persons 2019* . . . . 1 1 0 0
Domestic 82 Other business services 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . 1 1 0 0
Domestic 82 Other business services 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Domestic 82 Other business services 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Domestic 82 Other business services Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign A-N Business economy and agriculture Total employed persons 2019* 100 514 15 39 81 177 3 4
Foreign A-N Business economy and agriculture 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 20 28 4 5 18 25 1 1
Foreign A-N Business economy and agriculture 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 32 131 4 22 29 59 0 0
Foreign A-N Business economy and agriculture 250 and more employed persons 2019* 48 355 7 12 34 94 2 3
Foreign A-N Business economy and agriculture Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign M-N Business services Total employed persons 2019* 11 50 5 23 5 10 1 1
Foreign M-N Business services 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 5 6 2 2 5 10 1 1
Foreign M-N Business services 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 6 44 3 21 . . . .
Foreign M-N Business services 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign M-N Business services Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign M Other specialised business services Total employed persons 2019* 7 28 3 8 3 7 1 1
Foreign M Other specialised business services 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 4 5 2 2 3 7 1 1
Foreign M Other specialised business services 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 3 23 1 6 . . . .
Foreign M Other specialised business services 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign M Other specialised business services Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign 74 Other specialised business services Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign 74 Other specialised business services 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign 74 Other specialised business services 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign 74 Other specialised business services 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign 74 Other specialised business services Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign N Renting and other business support Total employed persons 2019* 4 22 2 15 2 3 0 0
Foreign N Renting and other business support 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 1 1 0 0 2 3 0 0
Foreign N Renting and other business support 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 3 21 2 15 . . . .
Foreign N Renting and other business support 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign N Renting and other business support Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign 82 Other business services Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign 82 Other business services 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign 82 Other business services 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign 82 Other business services 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign 82 Other business services Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control A-N Business economy and agriculture Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control A-N Business economy and agriculture 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control A-N Business economy and agriculture 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control A-N Business economy and agriculture 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control A-N Business economy and agriculture Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control M-N Business services Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control M-N Business services 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control M-N Business services 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control M-N Business services 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control M-N Business services Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
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.