Which Country Accepts the Most Patents by Non-Residents?

Patent Applications (Non-Residents), 2018 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | December 31, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 126 countries in 2018, USA ranked the highest in patent applications of non-residents with 312,046 followed by China and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Malawi with 1.00, Malta with 1.00 and Rwanda with 1.00.

Total patent applications of non-residents reached 845,358 in 2018 in the World according to World Bank. This is 2.57 % more than in the previous year and 19.0 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total patent applications of non-residents reached an all time high of 845,358 in 2018 and an all time low of 218,920 in 1986. The average annual growth amounted to 4.03 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, USA, accounted for 36.9 % of patent applications of non-residents in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 61.5 % share while the ten largest countries some 84.8 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Patent Applications (Non-Residents) indicator page.

Patent Applications (Non-Residents) Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Australia 23,731 26,656 23,968 26,314 25,774
Brazil 25,637 25,925 25,683 25,578 22,810
Canada 30,533 30,174 31,283 32,687 30,667
China 117,464 120,200 127,042 133,612 133,522
Germany 14,720 15,814 17,811 19,509 19,419
Hong Kong 12,817 13,690 12,350 11,973 13,859
India 34,402 32,362 30,814 33,079 31,858
Indonesia ... 6,787 7,321 8,095 8,538
Japan 55,783 56,705 60,030 59,882 58,137
Mexico 14,020 14,234 14,889 16,707 16,103
Russia 15,510 16,149 16,236 16,248 14,792
Singapore 8,604 8,579 9,009 9,345 9,379
South Korea 40,779 44,611 46,219 46,419 45,406
USA 274,033 283,781 293,706 301,075 310,244
United Kingdom 7,865 7,966 7,844 7,934 8,183