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A Closer Look at Patent Statistics 2022 in Turkiye

Domestic Filings Reach Record High as Foreign Filings Decline

Patent and utility model filing statistics offer valuable insights into the innovation landscape and the interests of domestic and foreign entities in protecting their technological inventions in Türkiye.


The number of patent applications has risen by 6.8% between 2021 and 2022, resulting in a record high of 9,009 domestic applications in 2022. This has led to a milestone in the patent register, where the number of patent applications filed by domestic applicants has surpassed those filed by foreign applicants in Turkiye for the first time.


However, patent filings from foreign applicants have been steadily declining over the last three years, reaching 6,847 in 2022, which represents an overall 9.7% decrease in total annual filings from 17,566 to 15,856.


Patent Trends

TURKPATENT has recently announced the latest filing and registration statistics for industrial property rights in Turkiye, including patents, utility models, trademarks, well-known marks, designs, geographical indications, and integrated circuit topographies.


Particularly with regards to patent statistics, over the past decade, there has been significant growth in 'domestic' patent filings, doubling from 4,528 in 2013 to 9,009 in 2022, with an average annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9%. This demonstrates a well-established system and growing domestic interest in business innovation, fueled by incentives and investments in research and development within the country.


Despite an overall increase of 56.2% in total patent filings between 2013-2022, there is a fluctuating trend, rising from 12,054 in 2013 to a peak of 19,916 in 2019 before declining to 15,856 in 2022. This fluctuation is primarily due to a decrease in foreign filings, particularly those validated under the European Patent Convention (EPC). A detailed breakdown of the filing figures is available in the table below:


The foreign share of total patent filings has seen a decrease from 56% in 2020 to 43% in 2022, suggesting that domestic inventors and entities are becoming more prominent in the innovation landscape.


The significant decrease in foreign filings over the past three years, as evidenced by the decreasing number of filings in the EPC validations category, has had a considerable impact on the overall figures. Specifically, the number of European Patents validated in Turkey grew from 7,256 in 2013 to a peak of 10,845 in 2018 before declining to 6,565 in 2022. This fluctuation can be attributed to several factors, such as transition period for the introduction of the new unitary patent system, economic conditions and/or changes in global patent strategies.


Utility Model Trends

According to the latest statistics published by TURKPATENT, there was a 25% increase in utility model applications, reaching a record high of 5,558 applications in 2022, up from 4,490 in 2021. The increase was primarily due to domestic filings, which accounted for 99% of the total utility model applications.


In the past five years, domestic utility model filings have shown a significant increase from 2,698 in 2018 to 5,502 in 2022 with an average ann ual growth rate of 19.5%, while foreign filings remain almost negligible, with only around 60 applications.


This trend highlights the growing importance of utility models for local inventors and businesses looking to safeguard their inventions.


Monitoring these trends over time will be essential for understanding the long-term implications for both domestic and international inventors and shaping future policies that foster innovation and intellectual property protection.


It is worth noting that there has been a 12% increase in trademark filings, with the number of applications rising from 175,620 in 2021 to 197,235 in 2022. Additionally, design applications have also experienced a significant increase of 32%, with the number of applications growing to 78,268 in 2022.

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