Interesting Patent Cooperation Treaty Statistics

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Are you curious about patent filing statistics? Perhaps you’re interested in seeing which companies have the most filing activity. More interested in the most active countries? How about which technology areas?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) page entitled “Statistics on the PCT System” has all the data you could ever want on these topics in regard to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Follow me as I show you how to use this resource to reveal the pulse of the international patenting community.


There are two main parts to the Statistics on the PCT System page: PDF reports and spreadsheet data.

PDF reports include the PCT Yearly Review, Quarterly Reports for Trends and Analysis and Performance Indicators, and the latest Monthly Statistics Report. These reports are pleasing to the eye and feature several graphs and charts to better illustrate the data. For example, this chart in the latest Quarterly Trends and Analysis report clearly shows the rise in PDF medium of application among PCT applicants.

A chart from the Trends and Analysis report.

People interested in learning the state of PCT filings (or the history) would do well to check the PDF reports offered to get an overview on the statistics already available.

For those interested in more detailed information or possibly creating their own graphs and charts, the wealth of spreadsheet data (available in XLS or CSV format) is worth checking out. The Top PCT applicants data is especially interesting for those doing intellectual property competitive intelligence. Did you know Panasonic has been either first or second among applicants in PCT filings since 2004? This gives you an indication as to the importance of intellectual property in the company’s global strategy, since taking advantage of the PCT may indicate broad patenting interest.

If you were a visualization wizard, I bet you could use this technology data to give a snapshot of PCT filings by technology area (screenshot excerpted from complete spreadsheet):

A small part of the overall spreadsheet.

Whether you’re using the PCT Statistics page for casual information or as part of a landscape study, it’s an interesting way for a patent geek to kill a few minutes…or hours! It’s also a good tool to investigate corporate IP strategy as well as law firm strategies. Have you checked out this resource? What’s your favorite part? Let us know in the comments below.

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This post was edited by Intellogist Team member Chris Jagalla.

5 Responses

  1. Great post, Chris
    I’d be interested to hear how you guys are utilizing this for clients.

  2. Glad you liked the post Duncan!

    Obviously I can’t disclose privileged information, but I can tell you that I have used these statistics specifically as an aide in compiling competitive intelligence information regarding assignees. It helps to know who’s the biggest filer in a technology area (once you’ve identified the competitors) as I’m sure you know!

  3. Great, thanks so much – always good to share some of this stuff for the benefit of your readers.
    thanks again
    :)

  4. This is a really helpful resource; thanks for the post. Recently the WIPO has created some great databases that are quite useful not only for the purposes of patent litigation, but also for shaping one’s own IP strategy.

  5. It’s all about thinking of different ways to utilize those resources!

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