The first annual report published Tuesday by The Israel Patent, Design and Trademarks Office reveals figures that boost Israel's
image as an intellectual property superpower.
In 2010 the Office received 7,266 new patent applications – a third of which were from US applicants which submitted 2,641 new patent applications in 2010. Over 30% of the applications were for patents in the fields of chemistry and more than 40% were from the computers and electronics industries.
Among the leading foreign applicants are Qualcomm, French pharmaceutical company F. Hoffman La-Roche and Microsoft. The Israeli applications come from academic tech transfer companies and from industrial companies. The most prominent applications came from companies such as Teva Pharmaceuticals, Plasan Sasa and Israel Aircraft Industry.
Academic technology transfer companies are in the lead with international applications as well, namely The Hebrew University, The Technion and The Weizmann Institute of Science, respectively, indicating the scope of intellectual property produced by Israel's academia which inventors seek to protect.
In 2010, 2,293 patents were granted which reflects consistency of the ratio of new applications to the number of patents approved every year.
Israeli prominence is reflected by a comparison of these statistics to the rest of the world: Israel rated 16 in the number of new patent applications for 2009; 11 in the ratio of applications to its GDP in 1995-2007; and 14 in the ratio of applications to its population in 2007.
As regards to designs, the trend is reverse – over 70% of the applications are from local applicants whereas only 30% come from overseas.
2010 was a good year for the Office's trademark division with 8,017 trademark applications of which 463 were international applications submitted in accordance with the Madrid Protocol in the last three months of 2010. Nearly 70% of the applications were submitted by foreign applicants.