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Current Statistical Data for Patents

At a Glance
  2015  2016  Changes in % 
Applications (patent applications with the DPMA and PCT patent applications after entering the national phase)   66 897  67 898  + 1,5 
Concluded examination procedures   33 495   35 673   + 6,5 
- published decisions to grant a patent   14 795   15 652   + 5,8 
Newly opened examination procedures   44 207   44 629   + 1,0 
Stock [1]   129 550  129 511  +/- 0,0 
[1] Including patents granted by the European Patent Office with effect in the Federal Republic of Germany, a total of 615,404 patents were valid in Germany in 2016. 
Patent applications at the DPMA
Year  Applications 
2010   59,444 
2011   59,616 
2012   61,360 
2013   63,174 
2014   65,963 
2015   66,897 
2016   67,898 
The 3 most active patent applicants
(number of national applications in 2016)
  Applicant  Seat  Applications 
Robert Bosch GmbH   Germany  3,693 
Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG  Germany   2,316 
Daimler AG  Germany  1,946 

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Patent applications by German Länder in 2016
German Länder  Applications  Percentage   Applications per 100,000 inhabitants 
Bavaria  15,867  32,7   124 
Baden-Württemberg   14,374   29,7   132 
North Rhine-Westphalia   7,068   14,6   40 
Lower Saxony  3,699   7,6   47 
Hesse   1 939   4,0   31 
Rhineland-Palatinate   1,076   2,2   27 
Berlin   831   1,7   24 
Saxony  810   1,7   20 
Hamburg  790   1,6   44 
Thuringia   519   1,1   24 
Schleswig-Holstein   497   1,0   17 
Brandenburg   331   0,7   13 
Saxony-Anhalt   228   0,5   10 
Saarland   197   0,4   20 
Bremen   143   0,3   21 
Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania   105   0,2  
Total   48,474   100   59 

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Patent applications by fields of technology [1]
Field of technology (area)   Applications in 2015   Applications in 2016   Changes in % 
32 - Transport (mechanical engineering)   9,953   10,340   + 3,9 
1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy (electrical engineering)   6,823   6,969   + 2,1 
31 - Mechanical elements (mechanical engineering)   6,597   6,769   + 2,6 
27 - Engines, pumps, turbines (mechanical engineering)   5,251   5,144   - 2,0 
10 - Measurement (instruments)   4,364   4,563   + 4,6 
[1] according to the WIPO IPC-Technology Concordance Table, available on: www.wipo.int/ipstats/en/index.html#aresources 
The Leading fields of technology [1] in the individual German Länder in 2016
Land  Field of technology  Applications 
Baden-Württemberg   32 - Transport   2,423 
  31 - Mechanical elements   1,566 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   1,497 
Bavaria   31 - Mechanical elements   2,644 
  32 - Transport   2,396 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   1,534 
Berlin   32 - Transport   80 
  34 - Other consumer goods   74 
  10 - Measurement   68 
Brandenburg   27 - Engines, pumps, turbines   67 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   35 
  35 - Civil engineering   26 
Bremen   10 - Measurement   24 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   19 
  35 - Civil engineering   10 
Hamburg   32 - Transport   105 
  13 - Medical technology   90 
  25 - Handling   81 
Hesse   31 - Mechanical elements   204 
  32 - Transport   198 
  13 - Medical technology   165 
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania   13 - Medical technology   10 
  29 - Other special machines  
  35 - Civil engineering  
Lower Saxony   32 - Transport   843 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   387 
  27 - Engines, pumps, turbines   335 
North Rhine-Westphalia   1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   680 
  35 - Civil engineering   657 
  32 - Transport   606 
Rhineland-Palatinate   32 - Transport   127 
  35 - Civil engineering   110 
  27 - Engines, pumps, turbines   107 
Saarland   31 - Mechanical elements   28 
  24 - Environmental technology   25 
  10 - Measurement   13 
Saxony   1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   68 
  10 - Measurement   56 
  29 - Other special machines   53 
Saxony-Anhalt   23 - Chemical engineering   26 
  29 - Other special machines   19 
  35 - Civil engineering   15 
Schleswig-Holstein   13 - Medical technology   58 
  19 - Basic materials chemistry   56 
  32 - Transport   37 
Thuringia   13 - Medical technology   77 
  9 - Optics   63 
  10 - Measurement   49 
[1] according to the WIPO IPC-Technology Concordance Table, available on: www.wipo.int/ipstats/en/index.html#aresources 

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Last updated: 23/02/18 

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