Top 10 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Applicants

Top 10 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Applicants

Proof Point

Top 10 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applicants in 2016 concentrated in few key industries, such as telecommunications and electronics, and countries like China, U.S., Japan and Korea

Top 10 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Applicants

2016 (232,757 total applications)

Proof Point Findings

  • PCT Application – Single internationally filed application for patent, applicable in almost 150 participating countries of Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
  • Top Industries – Top 10 PCT applicants came from telecommunications, electronics, and semiconductor industries
  • Country of Origin – Origin of top 10 PCT applicants concentrated in China, U.S., Japan, and South Korea
  • Global PCT Applications – Grew 7% to 232,757 PCT applications in 2016 from 217,236 in 2015
  • Key Drivers – Include better protection for inventions compared to filing in several local intellectual property offices, simplification of patent filing, lower application costs, and intensifying competition on global scale

Market Disruption


Information Technology, Telecommunications


Date Last Updated

May 31, 2017

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