Where can I find patent statistics?

Basic EPO production statistics such as filing rates by technical domain, residence of applicants and inventors, the most active patent filers, etc. can be found in our annual reports and Facts and figures brochures.

The EPO website contains a general breakdown of these statistics by EPC state, which is also published in our annual reports.

Statistics from the IP5 offices

  • European Patent Office (EPO)
  • Japan Patent Office (JPO)
  • Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)
  • National Intellectual Property Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNIPA)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

    can be found in the IP5 statistics reports. The reports also provide an overview of the key IP5 statistical indicators.

    If you want to create more advanced statistics based on EPO data, we recommend that you use our patent information search and analysis products, such as PATSTAT, Espacenet and Global Patent Index (GPI). These patent information products allow you to select data and export it to other applications (MS Excel, MS Access) for further analysis and reporting.

    PATSTAT – the EPO Worldwide Patent Statistical Database – is a subscription-based product aimed at patent information experts from research institutes, universities, governmental organisations and the like. Created by the EPO on behalf of the OECD Taskforce on Patent Statistics, PATSTAT is designed for advanced statistical research. Available as bulk data or online (PATSTAT Online), it is SQL-based, so users will need a solid grounding in databases and relational database management systems (see also FAQ - Patent statistics).

    The filter module in Espacenet offers basic filtering functions that provide statistical analyses and visualisations of query results on predefined categories such as publication countries, applicant and inventor names and countries and classification symbols.

    Global Patent Index (GPI), a subscription-based product where complex Boolean search queries can be run, also offers basic statistical analyses and visualisations.