Which Country Accepts the Most Patents by Non-Residents?

Patent Applications (Non-Residents), 2017 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | May 17, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 125 countries in 2017, USA ranked the highest in patent applications of non-residents with 313,052 followed by China and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Malawi with 1.00, Tanzania with 1.00 and Malta with 1.00.

Total patent applications of non-residents reached 821,403 in 2017 in the World according to World Bank. This is 0.497 % more than in the previous year and 18.5 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total patent applications of non-residents reached an all time high of 821,403 in 2017 and an all time low of 218,920 in 1986. The average annual growth amounted to 4.06 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, USA, accounted for 38.1 % of patent applications of non-residents in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 61.7 % share while the ten largest countries some 84.9 % in 2017.

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

Patent Applications (Non-Residents) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Australia 23,143 23,731 26,656 23,968 26,314
Brazil 23,954 25,637 25,925 25,683 25,578
Canada 30,357 30,533 30,174 31,283 32,687
China 110,583 117,464 120,200 127,042 133,612
Germany 12,458 14,720 15,814 17,811 19,509
Hong Kong 13,312 12,817 13,690 12,350 11,973
India 33,450 34,402 32,362 30,814 33,079
Indonesia 5,297 ... 6,787 7,321 8,095
Japan 55,030 55,783 56,705 60,030 59,882
Mexico 12,990 14,020 14,234 14,889 16,707
Russia 14,919 15,510 16,149 16,236 16,248
Singapore 8,738 8,604 8,579 9,009 9,345
South Korea 40,890 40,779 44,611 46,219 46,419
USA 255,832 274,033 283,781 293,706 301,075
United Kingdom 6,916 7,865 7,966 7,844 7,934