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Annual statistics

Detailed annual statistics are published every year in the March issue of the journal "Blatt für Patent-, Muster- und Zeichenwesen" (Blatt für PMZ), published by Carl Heymanns Verlag.

Notice on the modified method for establishing the below statistics

The annual statistics for 2011 concerning patents, utility models, trade marks and designs have been established for the first time using the new DPMAstatistik system. Owing to the system change and the related dynamics of figures, the values do not correspond to those previously published. The data which are now available in respect of all types of IP rights cannot be directly compared with those published up to now.

Formerly, the data were captured in so-called "counting jars" which were definitely established at the conclusion of a year. Under the new method, the values remain dynamic and can change over time, depending on the individual date of retrieval, for example, when a legal status change has an effect on the past. Prior to the introduction of the new system, such changes could only be taken into account in the following year, at the earliest, whereas the current statistics reflect the actual situation at the respective date of retrieval. The annual statistics published here have the status of March 2015.

Statistics of national and international IP offices

If you require data of other national or international IP offices for your statistical analyses, you should visit the respective websites. In addition, the annual reports of the major IP offices are available in our library.

Statistical analyses

Our free database services of DPMAregister and DEPATISnet might be suitable for your individual statistical analyses. For example, you can perform searches using the name fields (applicant, owner or inventor) or searches by postal codes to limit your query to a certain region. For complex queries, it is advisable to use the Expert mode.

If you require assistance regarding searches, the payable Assisted search might be useful. The patent information centres, too, will be able to help you with your searches.

The staff of our database service hotline will be pleased to answer your questions concerning our database services. Please send an e-mail to or contact them by phone on + 49 89/2195-3435.

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