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Which Country Accepts the Most Patents by Non-Residents?

Patent Applications (Non-Residents), 2019 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | July 1, 2021
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Based on a comparison of 126 countries in 2019, USA ranked the highest in patent applications of non-residents with 336,340 followed by China and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Rwanda with 1.00, Estonia with 1.00 and Kyrgyzstan with 1.00.

Total patent applications of non-residents reached 885,152 in 2019 in the World according to World Bank. This is 4.44 % more than in the previous year and 28.4 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total patent applications of non-residents reached an all time high of 885,152 in 2019 and an all time low of 218,902 in 1986. The average annual growth amounted to 4.05 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, USA, accounted for 38.0 % of patent applications of non-residents in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 62.8 % share while the ten largest countries some 85.2 % in 2019.

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

Patent Applications (Non-Residents) Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Australia 26,656 23,968 26,314 25,774 26,403
Brazil 25,925 25,683 25,578 22,810 20,178
Canada 30,174 31,283 32,687 30,667 30,969
China 120,200 127,042 133,612 133,522 135,885
Germany 15,814 17,811 19,509 19,419 19,927
Hong Kong 13,690 12,350 11,973 13,859 12,975
India 32,362 30,814 33,079 31,858 31,621
Indonesia ... 6,787 7,321 8,095 8,538 7,032
Japan 56,705 60,030 59,882 58,137 58,189
Mexico 14,234 14,889 16,707 16,103 15,850
Russia 16,149 16,236 16,248 14,792 14,106
Singapore 8,579 9,009 9,345 9,379 9,321
South Korea 44,611 46,219 46,419 45,406 45,691
Thailand 5,832 6,924 7,138 6,722 6,886
USA 283,781 293,706 301,075 310,244 313,052