Which Country Accepts the Most Patents by Residents?

Patent Applications (Residents), 2018 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | December 31, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 126 countries in 2018, China ranked the highest in patent applications of residents with 1,393,815 followed by USA and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Laos with 1.00, Kuwait with 1.00 and Macao with 1.00.

Total patent applications of residents reached 2,294,847 in 2018 in the World according to World Bank. This is 5.75 % more than in the previous year and 52.9 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total patent applications of residents reached an all time high of 2,294,847 in 2018 and an all time low of 455,957 in 1985. The average annual growth amounted to 5.02 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 60.7 % of patent applications of residents in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 84.2 % share while the ten largest countries some 96.8 % in 2018.

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

Patent Applications (Residents) Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Brazil 4,798 4,959 4,659 4,641 5,200
Canada 4,709 4,567 4,198 4,277 4,078
China 535,313 704,936 801,135 968,252 1,204,981
France 14,540 14,690 14,500 14,306 14,206
Germany 46,620 47,353 48,154 47,384 48,480
India 9,553 10,669 12,040 12,579 13,199
Iran 10,622 11,305 13,683 ... 14,930
Italy ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 8,439 8,307 8,601 ... 8,848
Japan 287,013 271,731 265,959 258,839 260,244
Poland 4,410 4,237 3,941 4,676 4,261
Russia 28,701 28,765 24,072 29,269 26,795
South Korea 148,136 159,978 164,073 167,275 163,424
Turkey 4,434 4,392 4,766 5,352 6,230
USA 268,782 287,831 285,096 288,335 295,327
United Kingdom 15,370 14,972 15,196 14,867 13,876