HC Deb 23 June 1993 vol 227 cc232-3W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many patents have been awarded by the United States of America for United Kingdom-based work in each year since 1988; and what information he has on the number of patents awarded by the United States of America to(a) France, (b) Germany and (c) Japan in the same period.

Mr. McLoughlin

The annual report for the fiscal year 1991 of the United States Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks shows the number of patents issued by the United States to residents of the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan to be as follows:

Year Place of residence
United Kingdom France Germany (Fed. Rep) Germany (Dem. Rep) Japan
1988 2,677 2,829 7,587 47 16,704
1989 3,378 3,310 8,756 58 20,907
1990 2,946 3,032 7,727 38 20,170
1991 2,974 3,094 7,584 0 21,464

The territorial base of the work leading to the patents is not recorded.

The report for 1992 has not yet been received.

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