On 9 February 2013, the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) released an annual report, covering the year 2011. KACST is an independent scientific organisation in Saudi Arabia, which administratively reports to the Prime Minister. It is both the national science agency and its national laboratories. The function of the science agency involves science and technology policy making, data collection, funding of external research, and services like the patent office.
In the field of patents, according to the report, 984 patent applications were filed and 253 patents were granted in 2011. Furthermore, all applications for patents submitted up to 2010 have been classified. The annual report can be downloaded in English from the KACST website.