Patent statistics: 2021 to 2022

These tables provide an overview of patent activity, based on the latest available statistics.

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Requests for examination

Figure 1: Requests for examination of patent applications
2015 to 2016 2016 to 2017 2017 to 2018 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021 2021 to 2022
Patent requests for examination 28,596 28,199 28,046 30,163 28,209 28,193 29,737

Disposals

Figure 2: Patent application disposalsFootnote *
2015 to 2016 2016 to 2017 2017 to 2018 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021 2021 to 2022
Patent disposals 32,422 32,635 31,629 29,757 27,046 28,585 28,079

Turnaround times

Figure 3: Average turnaround times for granting a patent after a request for examination
2015 to 2016 2016 to 2017 2017 to 2018 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021 2021 to 2022
Patent turnaround time (in months) 38.8 36.7 33.6 32.0 31.1 31.1 30.8

Applications by language

Patent applications filed by language
Language 2015 to 2016 2016 to 2017 2017 to 2018 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021 2021 to 2022
English 35,885 36,019 33,632 37,889 36,951 36,216 38,656
French 1,167 1,278 1,086 1,138 1,048 948 1,053
Total 37,052 36,019 34,718 39,027 37,999 37,164 39,709

Applications, requests for examination and patents granted by sector

Chemistry
Chemistry patent applications 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021 2021 to 2022
Filed 13,095 12,679 13,433 13,329
Requests for examination 10,014 9,153 9,840 10,650
Granted 7,219 6,552 7,224 6,740
Electrical engineering
Electrical engineering patent applications 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021 2021 to 2022
Filed 6,279 6,655 5,912 6,428
Requests for examination 5,005 5,293 4,884 4,913
Granted 3,994 3,523 3,791 3,329
Instruments
Instrument patent applications 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021 2021 to 2022
Filed 6,504 6,319 6,078 6,757
Requests for examination 5,430 4,737 4,856 5,134
Granted 4,076 3,479 3,812 3,319
Mechanical engineering
Mechanical engineering patent applications 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021 2021 to 2022
Filed 8,278 8,040 7,245 8,356
Requests for examination 6,434 5,856 5,449 5,749
Granted 5,023 4,815 4,976 4,046
Other fields
Patent applications from other fields 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021 2021 to 2022
Filed 4,871 4,306 4,496 4,839
Requests for examination 3,280 3,170 3,164 3,291
Granted 2,781 2,636 2,648 2,091
All disciplines
Patent applications from all disciplines 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021 2021 to 2022
Filed 39,027 37,999 37,164 39,709
Request for examination 30,163 28,209 28,193 29,737
Granted 23,093 21,005 22,451 19,525

Applications and patents granted to residents of Canada and foreign countries

Applications filed and patents granted to residents of Canada and foreign countries (fiscal year 2021 to 2022)
Province, territory or country Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications filed Non-PCT applications filed Total applications filed Total patents granted
Alberta 360 643 1,003 356
British Columbia 239 291 530 219
Manitoba 21 79 100 58
New Brunswick 14 40 54 23
Newfoundland and Labrador 6 14 20 6
Northwest Territories 0 1 1 0
Nova Scotia 16 45 61 22
Nunavut 0 0 0 0
Ontario 747 1,056 1,803 814
Prince Edward Island 6 6 12 6
Quebec 361 642 1,003 445
Saskatchewan 29 139 168 75
Yukon 0 2 2 3
Residents of Canada (total) 1,799 2,958 4,757 2,027
Foreign countries 28,982 5,970 34,952 17,498
Total 30,781 8,928 39,709 19,525

Applications and patents granted by origin as stated by the applicant

Patent applications filed and patents granted by origin as stated by the applicant (fiscal year 2021 to 2022)
Origin Filed Granted
Anguilla 4 0
Argentina 10 7
Australia 573 208
Austria 277 157
Bahamas 1 1
Bangladesh 1 0
Barbados 12 26
Belarus 1 0
Belgium 394 188
Belize 2 1
Bermuda 19 10
Brazil 74 26
Bulgaria 3 3
Canada 4757 2027
Cayman Islands 41 56
Chile 32 14
China 1962 724
Colombia 3 5
Costa Rica 1 0
Croatia 4 0
Cuba 3 4
Curacao 1 0
Cyprus 19 18
Czech Republic 40 4
Denmark 354 148
Dominica 1 0
Dominican Republic 2 0
Ecuador 0 1
Estonia 9 4
Finland 333 168
France 1652 819
Gabon 1 0
Georgia 0 1
Germany 2011 1036
Gibraltar 0 1
Greece 17 15
Guernsey 1 0
Honduras 1 0
Hungary 25 11
Iceland 14 0
India 189 83
Indonesia 2 0
Iran 18 1
Ireland 260 109
Isle of Man 3 2
Israel 437 154
Italy 642 301
Jamaica 0 1
Japan 1438 1031
Jersey 1 0
Jordan 1 0
Kenya 1 0
Kyrgyzstan 0 1
Kuwait 1 0
Latvia 6 2
Liechtenstein 37 21
Lithuania 2 1
Luxembourg 133 87
Malaysia 15 6
Malta 16 10
Mauritius 4 1
Mexico 36 35
Monaco 2 2
Morocco 6 0
Nepal 0 1
Netherlands 570 346
New Caledonia 1 0
New Zealand 107 50
Nigeria 0 1
Norway 276 123
Oman 1 0
Panama 1 2
Peru 6 0
Philippines 0 2
Poland 63 13
Portugal 45 17
Republic of Korea 454 289
Romania 8 1
Russian Federation 78 51
Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 1
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0 1
Samoa 1 0
Saudi Arabia 121 54
Senegal 1 0
Serbia 3 0
Seychelles 4 2
Singapore 99 32
Slovakia 5 0
Slovenia 8 5
South Africa 54 22
Spain 251 97
Sri Lanka 1 1
Sweden 537 271
Switzerland 1349 553
Taiwan 67 33
Thailand 6 2
The Hong Kong Special Admin. 10 1
Turkey 24 6
Ukraine 3 1
United Arab Emirates 6 4
United Kingdom 1475 611
United States of America 18153 9381
Uruguay 4 2
Viet Nam 2 3
Virgin Islands (British) 8 15
Unknown Country 1 0
Total 39,709 19,525

Top 10 applicants

Top 10 patent applicants (fiscal year 2021 to 2022)
Applicant Number of applications filed
10353744 CANADA LTD. 220
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD. 196
PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP. 169
HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. 142
NICOVENTURES TRADING LIMITED 124
BASF SE 122
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA 119
CITRIX SYSTEMS, INC. 117
REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. 108
DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC 108

Top 10 Canadian applicants

Top 10 Canadian patent applicants (fiscal year 2021 to 2022)
Applicant Number of applications filed
10353744 CANADA LTD. 220
PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP. 169
THE TORONTO-DOMINION BANK 97
SHOPIFY INC. 49
SCHLUMBERGER CANADA LIMITED 44
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA 37
SUNCOR ENERGY INC. 35
UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK 34
CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATION 30
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA 29

Top 10 patentees

Top 10 patentees (fiscal year 2021 to 2022)
Patentee Number of patents granted
THE BOEING COMPANY 180
HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. 133
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY 101
PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC. 96
QUALCOMM INCORPORATED 96
THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY 86
SNECMA 79
SONY CORPORATION 68
F. HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE AG 66
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD. 64

Top 10 Canadian patentees

Top 10 Canadian patentees (fiscal year 2021 to 2022)
Patentee Number of patents granted
BLACKBERRY LIMITED 63
10353744 CANADA LTD. 58
SCHLUMBERGER CANADA LIMITED 49
PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP. 39
CNH INDUSTRIAL CANADA, LTD. 30
SUNCOR ENERGY INC. 21
SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL INC. 17
THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO 16
THE TORONTO-DOMINION BANK 16
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA 15

Patent Appeal Board operational statistics

Final actions
Operational statistics 2015 to 2016 2016 to 2017 2017 to 2018 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021 2021 to 2022
Referrals 65 91 75 101 71 52 36
Disposals 19 33 41 46 56 63 78
Industrial designs
Operational statistics 2015 to 2016 2016 to 2017 2017 to 2018 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021 2021 to 2022
Referrals 1 4 0 0 5 2 0
Disposals 6 5 0 0 0 0 5
Re-examination: section 48.1
Operational statistics 2015 to 2016 2016 to 2017 2017 to 2018 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2020 to 2021 2021 to 2022
Filings 12 2 15 11 11 8 6
Disposals 3 9 7 4 11 13 11