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Current Statistical Data for Patents

At a Glance
  2016  2017  Changes in % 
Applications (patent applications with the DPMA and PCT patent applications after entering the national phase)   67,907   67,707   -0.3 
Concluded examination procedures   35,762   36,768   +2.8 
- published decisions to grant a patent   15,652   15,653   +0.0 
Opened examination procedures   44,982   46,419   +3.2  
Stock [1]   129,548   128,921   -0.5  
[1] Including patents granted by the European Patent Office with effect in the Federal Republic of Germany, a total of 657,114 patents were valid in Germany in 2017. 
Patent applications at the DPMA
Year  Applications 
2011   59,612 
2012   61,361 
2013   63,177 
2014   65,963 
2015   66,898 
2016   67,907 
2017   67,707 
The 3 most active patent applicants
(number of national applications in 2017)
  Applicant  Seat  Applications 
Robert Bosch GmbH   Germany  4,038 
Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG  Germany   2,383 
Ford Global Technologies, LLC   USA   2,047 

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Patent applications by German Länder in 2017
German Länder  Applications  Percentage   Applications per 100,000 inhabitants 
Bavaria  15,482   32.4   120 
Baden-Württemberg   14,511   30.4   132 
North Rhine-Westphalia   7,209   15.1   40 
Lower Saxony  3,514   7.4   44 
Hesse   1,925   4.0   31 
Rhineland-Palatinate   917   1.9   23 
Hamburg  770   1.6   43  
Saxony  719   1.5   18  
Berlin   714   1.5   20 
Thuringia   535   1.1   25 
Schleswig-Holstein   508   1.1   18 
Brandenburg   328   0.7   13 
Saarland   197   0.4   20 
Saxony-Anhalt   186   0.4  
Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania   135   0.3  
Bremen   129   0.3   19 
Total   47,779   100   58 

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Patent applications by fields of technology [1]
Field of technology (area)   Applications in 2016   Applications in 2017   Changes in % 
32 - Transport (mechanical engineering)   10,518   11,469   + 9.0 
1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy (electrical engineering)   7,001   7,209   + 3.0 
31 - Mechanical elements (mechanical engineering)   6,790   6,247   - 8.0 
10 - Measurement (instruments)   4,579   4,911   + 7.3 
27 - Engines, pumps, turbines (mechanical engineering)   5 151   4 570   - 11.3 
[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 2017
Land  Field of technology  Applications 
Baden-Württemberg   32 - Transport   2,536 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   1,594 
  31 - Mechanical elements   1,553 
Bavaria   32 - Transport   2,751 
  31 - Mechanical elements   2,307 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   1,702 
Berlin   6 - Computer Technology   63  
  32 - Transport   59 
  10 - Measurement   53 
Brandenburg   27 - Engines, pumps, turbines   49 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   31 
  35 - Civil engineering   29 
Bremen   10 - Measurement   22 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   18 
  29 - Other special machines  
Hamburg   32 - Transport   135 
  27 - Engines, pumps, turbines   68 
  25 - Handling   63 
Hesse   32 - Transport   244 
  31 - Mechanical elements   185 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   177 
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania   13 - Medical technology   18 
  25 - Handling   16 
  27 - Engines, pumps, turbines   16 
Lower Saxony   32 - Transport   915 
  29 - Other special machines   341 
  27 - Engines, pumps, turbines   318 
North Rhine-Westphalia   32 - Transport   705 
  35 - Civil engineering   684 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   637 
Rhineland-Palatinate   35 - Civil engineering   106 
  32 - Transport   77 
  31 - Mechanical elements   70 
Saarland   31 - Mechanical elements   27 
  23 - Chemical engineering   23 
  35 - Civil engineering   21 
Saxony   10 - Measurement   57 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   54 
  32 - Transport   51 
Saxony-Anhalt   33 - Furniture, games   17 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   15 
  32 - Transport   14 
Schleswig-Holstein   10 - Measurement   46 
  19 - Basic materials chemistry   42 
  13 - Medical technology   41 
Thuringia   9 - Optics   103 
  13 - Medical technology   74 
  10 - Measurement   63 
[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: 25/05/18 

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