Annual Report 2017–2018 Helping make Canada a global centre of innovation
Patents statistics

Patents

Patent turnaround time
2012–2013 2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016 2016–2017 2017–2018
Patent turnaround time (in months) 45.7 42.7 40.3 38.8 36.7 33.6
Patent requests for examination
2012–2013 2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016 2016–2017 2017–2018
Patent requests for examination 28,161 28,497 28,776 28,596 28,199 28,046
Patent disposals
2012–2013 2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016 2016–2017 2017–2018
Patent disposals 37,682 38,533 36,370 32,422 32,635 31,629
Patent applications filed by language
2012–2013 2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016 2016–2017 2017–2018
English 34,554 35,810 36,172 35,885 36,019 33,632
French 1,294 1,234 1,354 1,167 1,278 1,086
Total 35,848 37,044 37,526 37,052 37,297 34718
Patent applications filed, requests for examination and grants by sectors
2017–2018
Chemistry
Filed applications 11,903
Requests for examination 9,263
Grants 7,160
Electrical engineering
Filed applications 5,656
Requests for examination 4,798
Grants 4,483
Instruments
Filed applications 5,713
Requests for examination 4,769
Grants 4,341
Mechanical engineering
Filed applications 7,198
Requests for examination 5,900
Grants 5,264
Other fields
Filed applications 4,248
Requests for examination 3,316
Grants 2,956
All disciplines
Filed applications 34,718
Requests for examination 28,046
Grants 24,204
Applications filed and granted to residents of Canada and foreign countries
Filings Total grants
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Non-PCT Total
Alberta 243 481 724 432
British Columbia 195 298 493 196
Manitoba 21 73 94 56
New Brunswick 12 16 28 21
Newfoundland and Labrador 4 14 18 6
Nova Scotia 28 22 50 22
Nunavut 0 0 0 0
Northwest Territories 0 1 1 0
Ontario 759 853 1,622 1,087
Prince Edward Island 4 4 8 3
Quebec 367 614 981 492
Saskatchewan 20 93 113 73
Yukon 1 0 1 1
Sub-total 1,664 2,469 4,133 2,389
Foreign countries 25,635 4,950 30,585 21,815
Total 27,299 7,419 34,718 24,204
Top ten patent applicants
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. 554
The Boeing Company 216
10353744 Canada Ltd. 202
Qualcomm Incorporated 196
The Procter & Gamble Company 195
Nissan Motor co., Ltd. 188
General Electric Company 157
BASF SE 142
Huawei Technologies CO., Ltd. 142
Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. 132
Top ten patentees
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. 388
Blackberry Limited 283
The Boeing Company 268
Baker Hughes Incorporated 155
General Electric Company 145
Qualcomm Incorporated 142
The Procter & Gamble Company 129
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha 121
F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG 117
SNECMA 105
Patent applications filed and granted by origin as stated by applicant
Filed Granted
Albania 0 0
Algeria 0 0
Andorra 2 0
Anguilla 1 0
Antigua and Barbuda 0 0
Argentina 6 4
Armenia 0 0
Aruba 0 0
Australia 468 304
Austria 255 178
Azerbaijan 1 0
Bahamas 3 18
Bahrain 0 0
Barbados 86 29
Belarus 0 0
Belgium 312 192
Belize 0 0
Benin 0 0
Bermuda 9 13
Bolivia 0 0
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 0
Brazil 63 20
British Virgin Islands 28 35
Brunei Darussalam 0 0
Bulgaria 3 1
Burkina Faso 0 0
Burundi 0 0
Cabo Verde 1 0
Canada 4,133 2,416
Cayman Islands 41 13
Central African Republic 0 0
Chile 25 23
China 971 553
Colombia 7 2
Cook Islands 0 0
Costa Rica 0 0
Croatia 3 0
Cuba 2 4
Cyprus 15 3
Czech Republic 23 15
Czechoslovakia 0 0
Democratic People's Republic of Korea 0 1
Denmark 283 153
Dominica 0 0
Dominican Republic 0 0
Ecuador 1 0
Egypt 0 0
El Salvador 0 0
Estonia 9 2
Faroe Islands 0 1
Finland 252 232
France 1,536 1,134
Gabon 0 0
Georgia 0 0
Germany 2,097 1,547
Germany (Democratic Republic) 3 9
Gibraltar 0 2
Greece 11 11
Guatemala 0 0
Guinea 0 0
Guyana 0 0
Honduras 0 0
Hungary 24 18
Iceland 11 7
India 162 64
Indonesia 0 0
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 3 0
Ireland 167 132
Isle of Man 10 0
Israel 463 204
Italy 483 370
Jamaica 1 0
Japan 1,904 1,561
Jersey 4 0
Jordan 0 0
Kazakhstan 2 0
Kenya 0 0
Kuwait 0 0
Latvia 6 2
Lebanon 0 2
Liechtenstein 48 25
Lithuania 1 0
Luxembourg 102 40
Macao 0 1
Macedonia 0 0
Madagascar 0 0
Malaysia 5 11
Maldives 1 0
Malta 15 9
Mauritius 1 1
Mexico 40 42
Monaco 3 2
Morocco 1 1
Namibia 0 0
Nepal 0 0
Netherlands 506 398
Netherlands Antilles 2 3
New Caledonia 0 0
New Zealand 92 60
Niger 0 1
Nigeria 0 0
Norway 203 167
Oman 2 0
Pakistan 0 0
Panama 2 2
Paraguay 0 0
Peru 3 0
Philippines 0 0
Poland 59 13
Portugal 26 16
Qatar 1 1
Republic of Korea 282 372
Republic of Moldova 0 0
Republic of the Marshall Islands 0 0
Romania 3 1
Russian Federation 72 35
Rwanda 0 0
Saint Helena 0 0
Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 0
Saint Lucia 0 0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0 4
Samoa 0 0
San Marino 0 0
Saudi Arabia 45 45
Senegal 0 0
Serbia 1 0
Seychelles 1 5
Singapore 89 50
Slovakia 6 5
Slovenia 5 7
South Africa 42 27
Spain 228 131
Sri Lanka 1 0
Sudan 0 0
Swaziland 0 0
Sweden 383 353
Switzerland 1,216 834
Syrian Arab Republic 0 0
Taiwan 102 85
Thailand 10 0
Hong Kong, People's Republic of China 11 11
Trinidad and Tobago 0 0
Tunisia 1 0
Turkey 18 7
Turks and Caicos Islands 1 0
Ukraine 7 2
United Arab Emirates 6 1
United Kingdom 1,175 687
United States of America 16,002 11,470
Uruguay 7 0
Uzbekistan 0 0
Vanuatu 0 1
Vatican City State (Holy See) 0 0
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of 0 0
Viet Nam 1 3
Yugoslavia 0 0
Zaire 0 0
Zambia 0 0
Zimbabwe 0 0
Total 34,718 24,204

Patent Appeal Board

Patent Appeal Board operational statistics
2012–2013 2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016 2016–2017 2017–2018
Final actions
Referrals 20 34 28 65 91 75
Disposals 25 40 24 19 33 41
Industrial designs
Referrals 0 2 6 1 4 0
Disposals 0 0 2 6 5 0
Re-examination: section 48.1
Filings 6 6 4 12 2 15
Disposals 3 7 2 3 9 7
Candidates for agents examinations
Patents 231 218 439 471 433 440
Trademarks 57 69 71 89 111 142
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