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 B-E Industry (no construction), energy Total employed persons 2019* 168 1,412 9 10 309 719 3 6
Total domestic and foreign B-E Industry (no construction), energy 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 47 63 1 1 138 189 1 3
Total domestic and foreign B-E Industry (no construction), energy 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 55 121 0 0 97 155 0 0
Total domestic and foreign B-E Industry (no construction), energy 250 and more employed persons 2019* 65 1,226 8 9 72 371 2 3
Total domestic and foreign B-E Industry (no construction), energy Employed persons unknown 2019* 1 2 0 0 3 3 0 0
Total domestic and foreign 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry Total employed persons 2019* 27 896 1 1 36 91 0 0
Total domestic and foreign 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 7 12 0 0 17 23 0 0
Total domestic and foreign 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 9 43 0 0 9 21 0 0
Total domestic and foreign 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 250 and more employed persons 2019* 10 839 1 1 10 47 0 0
Total domestic and foreign 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry Employed persons unknown 2019* 1 2 0 0 . . . .
Domestic B-E Industry (no construction), energy Total employed persons 2019* 107 1,095 3 3 254 584 1 3
Domestic B-E Industry (no construction), energy 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 42 57 1 1 134 186 1 3
Domestic B-E Industry (no construction), energy 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 34 41 0 0 72 104 0 0
Domestic B-E Industry (no construction), energy 250 and more employed persons 2019* 30 996 2 2 45 292 0 0
Domestic B-E Industry (no construction), energy Employed persons unknown 2019* 1 2 0 0 3 3 0 0
Domestic 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry Total employed persons 2019* 16 850 1 1 29 72 0 0
Domestic 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 5 10 0 0 16 22 0 0
Domestic 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0
Domestic 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 250 and more employed persons 2019* 9 837 1 1 9 46 0 0
Domestic 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry Employed persons unknown 2019* 1 2 0 0 . . . .
Foreign B-E Industry (no construction), energy Total employed persons 2019* 61 317 6 7 56 134 2 3
Foreign B-E Industry (no construction), energy 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 5 6 0 0 4 3 0 0
Foreign B-E Industry (no construction), energy 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 21 80 0 0 25 52 0 0
Foreign B-E Industry (no construction), energy 250 and more employed persons 2019* 35 231 6 7 27 80 2 3
Foreign B-E Industry (no construction), energy Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Foreign 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry Total employed persons 2019* 11 46 0 0 7 19 0 0
Foreign 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
Foreign 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* 8 42 0 0 5 17 0 0
Foreign 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 250 and more employed persons 2019* 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
Foreign 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control B-E Industry (no construction), energy Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control B-E Industry (no construction), energy 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control B-E Industry (no construction), energy 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control B-E Industry (no construction), energy 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control B-E Industry (no construction), energy Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Equally-shared control 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Extra EU-27 not allocated B-E Industry (no construction), energy Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Extra EU-27 not allocated B-E Industry (no construction), energy 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Extra EU-27 not allocated B-E Industry (no construction), energy 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Extra EU-27 not allocated B-E Industry (no construction), energy 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Extra EU-27 not allocated B-E Industry (no construction), energy Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Extra EU-27 not allocated 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Extra EU-27 not allocated 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Extra EU-27 not allocated 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Extra EU-27 not allocated 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Extra EU-27 not allocated 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Offshore financial centres B-E Industry (no construction), energy Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Offshore financial centres B-E Industry (no construction), energy 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Offshore financial centres B-E Industry (no construction), energy 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Offshore financial centres B-E Industry (no construction), energy 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Offshore financial centres B-E Industry (no construction), energy Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Offshore financial centres 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Offshore financial centres 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Offshore financial centres 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Offshore financial centres 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Offshore financial centres 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Unknown B-E Industry (no construction), energy Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Unknown B-E Industry (no construction), energy 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Unknown B-E Industry (no construction), energy 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Unknown B-E Industry (no construction), energy 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Unknown B-E Industry (no construction), energy Employed persons unknown 2019* . . . . . . . .
Unknown 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry Total employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Unknown 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 0 to 49 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Unknown 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 50 to 249 employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Unknown 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 250 and more employed persons 2019* . . . . . . . .
Unknown 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 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.