Top PCT National Stage Entry Countries for 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Curtin

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 @ 03:51 PM

2014 brought exciting changes to inovia. We expanded our global reach, improved existing technology and finally became #1 in the world. Read on for inovia’s 2014 year in review:

This year, inovia finally overtook the title of the #1 filer of PCT applications in the world while maintaining the #1 spot in the United States for the 4th consecutive year (according to Managing Intellectual Property magazine). In addition, our agent reach expanded as clients were able to file into 134 countries (68% of the world!)

In March, the inovia team announced the expansive redesign of the platform. With our new layout, we enhanced existing technology and offered clients an even more powerful and comprehensive global instruction tool. These changes ensured that our foreign filing platform,, was well placed to handle the volume of cases and foreign filing strategies of our clients.

With 2015 only days away, it’s time to look at the top national stage filing destinations for our clients from the past year:

1. China (12.5%)
2. Japan (8%)
3. Canada (7.5%)
4. Brazil (7.1%)
5. United States Of America (7%)
6. Australia (6.1%)
7. Europe (5.9%)
8. India (5.8%)
9. South Korea (4.7%)
10. Mexico (4.3%)

India continued to slip in the rankings and fell back another two spots this year (6.9% / #6 in 2013), and six spots from 2012 (9.0% / #2 in 2012). Mexico made their first appearance in the top 10 while Russia fell to #11.  Japan rose from the #3 in 2013 to the #2 position this year, while China continued to reign as the top filing destination for our clients.  

Each year we also examine the top filing destinations by industry type. Here are the results:

1. China
2. Brazil
3. Japan
4. Canada
5. Europe

1. Australia
2. China
3. Europe, Canada
4. Singapore
5. India

1. Australia, South Africa
2. China
3. Japan
4. South Korea, USA
5. India

1. China
2. USA
3. Brazil
4. Australia
5. India

Energy/Green Tech
1. China
2. Europe
3. USA
4. India
5. Germany

1. Japan
2. China
3. USA
4. Hong Kong*
5. Canada

If there are any countries that are increasingly becoming more important in your foreign filing strategy, please let us know in the comment section below. You can also get an instant and accurate quote for PCT national stage entry in your countries of choice by registering for an account today. 

Feel free to get in touch with your nearest inovia office if you have any additional questions. As always, we’re also available to follow on Twitter and LinkedIn. Happy Holidays, see you in 2015!

*Note: Hong Kong is not a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, but is available to select as part of your PCT national stage entry order via The deadline for filing into Hong Kong is 6 months from the publication of a corresponding application in the State Intellectual Property Office of China, the European Patent Office or the United Kingdom Patent Office.

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