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Current Statistical Data for Trade Marks

At a glance
2020 2021 Changes in %
Applications (national and international) 89,442 92,317 +3.2
National marks Applications 84,623 87,631 +3.6
  Concluded registration procedures 79,587 91,613 +15.1
  - with registration 60,428 68,597 +13.5
  Trade marks in force 845,635 868,401 +2.7
International marks Requests for grant of protection in Germany 4,819 4,686 -2.8
  Grants of protection 3,980 3,406 -14.4
Filings of national trade marks
Year Total Applications from Germany Percentage of services[1]
2017 72,048 67,441 47.1
2018 70,534 65,661 47.3
2019 73,635 68,260 46.1
2020 84,623 78,716 44.8
2021 87,631 81,815 44.0
[1] Percentage of service classes claimed out of all classes claimed in national trade mark applications, since a trade mark application may be attributed to several classes.

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Registrations
Year Registrations under Sec. 41 Trade Mark Act
2017 50,954
2018 50,584
2019 55,026
2020 60,428
2021 68,597
Top 3 Trade Mark Proprietors in 2021
Proprietor [1] Seat Number
1 Make Great Sales Ltd. USA 79
2 Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG Germany 66
3 Private Mark GmbH Germany 65
[1] Without taking into account possible business group affiliations.

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Trade Mark applications by German Länder 2021
Land Applications Percentage Applications per 100,000 inhabitants
North Rhine-Westphalia 19,842 24.3 111
Bavaria 14,845 18.1 113
Baden-Württemberg 9,992 12.2 90
Hesse 6,443 7.9 102
Lower Saxony 6,089 7.4 76
Berlin 6,014 7.4 164
Hamburg 4,185 5.1 226
Rhineland-Palatinate 3,815 4.7 93
Schleswig-Holstein 2,792 3.4 96
Saxony 2,281 2.8 56
Brandenburg 1,388 1.7 55
Thuringia 1,079 1.3 51
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania 850 1.0 53
Saxony-Anhalt 814 1.0 37
Bremen 750 0.9 110
Saarland 636 0.8 65
Germany 81,815 100 98

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TOP 5 Classes of goods and services [1]
Class [2] 2020 2021 Changes in %
35 - Advertising; business Management, organisation and Administration; office functions 29,351 29,974 + 2.1
41 - Education; training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities 20,666 20,483 - 0.9
9 - Electronic apparatus and instruments; computer hardware; software, optical apparatus and instruments 16,312 16,613 + 1.8
42 - Scientific and technological services 15,258 15,549 + 1.9
25 - Clothing; footwear and headgear 12,810 13,262 + 3.5
[1] A trade mark application can be attributed to several classes.
[2] According to the current version of Nice Classification.

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Last updated: 1 March 2022