(WIPO code: ES) (last revised April 2022)

by ELZABURU, Madrid

General Information

Area

505,370 sq. km.

Population

47,394,223 inhabitants (2021).

Capital

Madrid (6.752 million inhabitants in the whole Autonomous Community of Madrid).

Language

Spanish.

Currency

1 euro = 1.13 U.S. dollar (December 2021).

Imports

(2020): U.S.$ 373.6 billion.

Exports

(2020): U.S.$ 392.8 billion.

GDP

(2020): U.S.$ 1.281 trillion; per capita income (2020): U.S.$ 27,063.

General Remarks

Territory

47 peninsular provinces, Balearic Islands (1 province), Canary Islands (2 provinces); these provinces are grouped into the so-called “Autonomous Communities” of Andalucía, Aragón, Asturias, Baleares, Canarias, Cantabria, Castilla-León, Castilla-La Mancha, Cataluña, Extremadura, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia, Navarra, La Rioja, Comunidad Valenciana and Pais Vasco. The cities of Ceuta and Melilla, on the north coast of Africa, also form part of the Spanish territory.

Remark on the legal reform of the Spanish Intellectual Property law announced by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. On October 20, 2021, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism published the Draft Bill for the amendment of the Trademarks Act 17/2001 of December 7, 2001, the Industrial Designs Act 20/2003 of July 7, 2003, and the Patents Act 24/2015 of July 24, 2015. This draft is in line with the standards set out in the EU Directives on Intellectual Property and the suggested modifications seek to ensure that the regulatory framework in place is consistent with the current social, economic and technological context. A public consultation ran from October 21, 2021 to November 19, 2021. It is planned that the final version of the Draft Bill will be published during the first half of 2022.

 

Statistics (2020) Filed Issued
National patents 1,483 588
Utility models 3,419 2,373
Industrial designs 1,495 1,456
National trademarks 51,120 39,958
Trade names 12,267 10,054
Supplementary protection certificates for medicinal
and plant protection products
70 50