Statistics around patents, trademarks and Co.

Number of the month: 1,625 pan-European registrations for agricultural products and foodstuffs

"United in diversity" has been the motto of the European Union since 2000. It expresses that Europeans want to work together for peace and prosperity, and that at the same time the many different European languages, cultures and traditions enrich the entire continent. These include, for example, regional specialties in agricultural products and foodstuffs, such as "Nuremberg gingerbread", "Spreewald gherkins" or "Prosciutto di Parma". A total of 1,625 protected geographical indications are registered for this sector, 95 of which are from Germany alone (data as of May 15, 2023).

More numbers of the month

Number of the month April 2023
Only 7.6 percent of patent applications filed by female inventors

The contribution of women to the innovative capacity in Germany is growing – yet the share of women inventors continues to be small. Ten years ago, in Germany, 6.0 % of the persons designated as inventors in published patent applications were women. Last year, the share was 7.6%.

April 25, 2023 press release

Number of the month March 2023
Plus 11.7 percent published patent grants

Last year, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) once again proved to be very efficient. The examiners of the DPMA granted patents for 23,592 inventions. This means that the number of patent grants increased by 11.7% compared to the previous year, reaching its highest level in more than 30 years.

March 9, 2023 press release

Number of the month February 2023
We say "thank you" to more than 5,500 followers on LinkedIn

One year ago, our LinkedIn presence went online with information on industrial property rights, news from the office and job advertisements. One year DPMA on LikedIn - that is in figures: 366 postings, 204 comments under our posts, 448 shares of our posts and 180 replies on our part. Now - at the end of February 2023, we say "thank you" to 5,500 followers and are looking forward to further exchanges with you. Not following us yet? Then feel free to subscribe to us.


Number of the month January 2023
Germany leading Europe in hydrogen-related patents

Germany leads Europe in hydrogen-related patents. This is the result of a joint study by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). According to the report, the member states of the EU as well as Japan lead the way in patenting hydrogen, accounting for 28% and 24% respectively of all international patent families filed from 2011 to 2020. Within the EU, Germany leads (11%), followed by France (6%) and the Netherlands (3%). Read more on the .

EPO website (studies)

Number of the month December 2022
Sales of counterfeits amount to 412 billion euros per year

When buying your Christmas presents, you as consumers should be particularly careful. Because unfortunately, all too tempting offers sometimes turn out to be counterfeit. The global business with counterfeits amounted to 412 billion euros in 2019 alone. This corresponds to 2.5 percent of global trade. The most frequently seized goods are footwear, followed by clothing, leather goods, electronic devices and cosmetics. But goods that pose significant health or safety risks, such as pharmaceuticals and car parts, are also counterfeited on a large scale.

Press release of December 9, 2022

Number of the month November 2022
2,558 patent applications by independent inventors

For "Inventors' Day" (and of course we would like to make special mention of the female inventors) our number of the month: Last year, the DPMA received a total of 2,558 patent applications from independent inventors in Germany. This is a good 9 percent fewer than in the previous year. However, in 2020 the numbers had risen - apparently due to the pandemic - contrary to the long-term trend. The number of applications from independent inventors in 2021 is now picking up where it left off before Corona.

Press release of October 24, 2022

Number of the month September 2022
Global Innovation Index 2022 - Germany moves up to 8th place in the ranking

In the recently published ranking of countries in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2022 of the World IP Organization (WIPO), Germany takes 8th place this year, improving by 2 places compared to the previous year. Germany's particular strengths include resident patent applications, traditional logistics and the size of its domestic market. According to WIPO, Germany is the world leader in these three indicators.

press release of September 29, 2022

Number of the month August 2022
More than 6.6 million patent applications received

This year we celebrate 145 years of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office: Since its start on July 1, 1877, the Patent Office has received more than 6.6 million patent applications.

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Last updated: 19 May 2023