Belgian Intellectual property Stats


  • Copyright > Copyright duration relative to life of author: This stat compares the copyright duration of an original intellectual creation after its author's death. Although the definition is very variable, an original intellectual work can be described as the previously unpublished work of artistic or divulgative nature. As an almost universal rule, the copyright last for the entire life of the author or authors, plus a given number of years (typically 50 to 70). You can check this page for copyright terms concerning works published for the first time after the author's death, works published in non-printed form (like audiovisual creations) and other special cases. Once the copyright term expires, the work becomes public domain, and therefore can be freely used by anyone.
  • Patent applications: No. of Patent Applications.
  • Patent applications per thousand people: No. of Patent Applications. Figures expressed per thousand people for the same year.
  • Patents granted: No. of Patents Granted.
  • Patents granted per million people: No. of Patents Granted. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
Copyright > Copyright duration relative to life of author Life 70 years 2014
Patent applications 11,427 2011 17th out of 20
Patent applications per thousand people 1.03 2011 12th out of 20
Patents granted 2,948 2008 17th out of 20
Patents granted per million people 275.26 2008 13th out of 20

SOURCES: Wikipedia: List of countries' copyright lengths (Table); Wikipedia: List of countries by patents (Top 20 countries); Wikipedia: List of countries by patents (Top 20 countries). Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.


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