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Current Statistical Data for Patents

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  2017  2018  Changes in % 
Applications (patent applications with the DPMA and PCT patent applications after entering the national phase)   67,722   67,895   +0.3 
Opened examination procedures   47,422   46,979   -0.9  
Concluded examination procedures   36,827   38,087   +3.4 
- published decisions to grant a patent   15,649   16,368   +4.6 
Stock [1]   128,939   129,461   +0.4  
[1] Including patents granted by the European Patent Office with effect in the Federal Republic of Germany, a total of 703,391 patents were valid in Germany in 2018. 
Patent applications at the DPMA
Year  Applications 
2012   61,358 
2013   63,179 
2014   65,962 
2015   66,898 
2016   67,906 
2017   67,722 
2018   67,895 
The 3 most active patent applicants
(number of national applications in 2018)
  Applicant  Seat  Applications 
Robert Bosch GmbH   Germany  4,230 
Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG  Germany   2,417 
Ford Global Technologies, LLC   USA   1,921 

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Patent applications by German Länder in 2018
German Länder  Applications  Percentage   Applications per 100,000 inhabitants 
Bavaria  14,852   31.9   114 
Baden-Württemberg   14,608   31.3   133 
North Rhine-Westphalia   6,856   14.7   38 
Lower Saxony  3,614   7.8   45 
Hesse   1,619   3.5   26 
Rhineland-Palatinate   910   2.0   22 
Hamburg  864   1.9   47  
Berlin   722   1.5   20 
Saxony  594   1.3   15  
Thuringia   547   1.2   25 
Schleswig-Holstein   474   1.0   16 
Brandenburg   289   0.6   12 
Saxony-Anhalt   205   0.4  
Saarland   175   0.4   18 
Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania   145   0.3  
Bremen   135   0.3   20 
Total   46,609   100   56 

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Patent applications by fields of technology [1]
Field of technology (area)   Applications in 2017   Applications in 2018   Changes in % 
32 - Transport (mechanical engineering)   11,600   12,273   +5.8 
1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy (electrical engineering)   7,250   7,420   +2.3 
31 - Mechanical elements (mechanical engineering)   6,268   5,871   -6.3 
10 - Measurement (instruments)   4,927   4,979   +1.1 
27 - Engines, pumps, turbines (mechanical engineering)   4,577   4,274   -6.6 
[1] according to the WIPO IPC-Technology Concordance Table 
The Leading fields of technology [1] in the individual German Länder in 2018
Land  Field of technology  Applications 
Baden-Württemberg   32 - Transport   2,862 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   1,733 
  10 - Measurement   1,563 
Bavaria   32 - Transport   2,815 
  31 - Mechanical elements   2,331 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   1,679 
Berlin   32 - Transport   79 
  13 - Medical technology   74 
  10 - Measurement   63 
Brandenburg   27 - Engines, pumps, turbines   57 
  32 - Transport   25 
  31 - Mechanical elements   24 
Bremen   32 - Transport   19 
  10 - Measurement   17 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   14 
Hamburg   32 - Transport   147 
  27 - Engines, pumps, turbines   85 
  25 - Handling   72 
Hesse   31 - Mechanical elements   170 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   167 
  10 - Measurement   162 
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania   13 - Medical technology   22 
  29 - Other special machines   15 
  10 - Measurement   13 
Lower Saxony   32 - Transport   946 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   363 
  29 - Other special machines   309 
North Rhine-Westphalia   32 - Transport   684 
  35 - Civil engineering   637 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   631 
Rhineland-Palatinate   32 - Transport   94 
  35 - Civil engineering   83 
  31 - Mechanical elements   59 
Saarland   31 - Mechanical elements   20 
  24 - Environmental technology   19 
  35 - Civil engineering   17 
Saxony   10 - Measurement   58 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   44 
  8 - Semiconductors   40 
Saxony-Anhalt   29 - Other special machines   22 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   18 
  32 - Transport   17 
Schleswig-Holstein   13 - Medical technology   43 
  19 - Basic materials chemistry   40 
  35 - Civil engineering   39 
Thuringia   9 - Optics   93 
  1 - Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy   67 
  13 - Medical technology   67 
[1] according to the WIPO IPC-Technology Concordance Table 

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Last updated: 10 August 2019 

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