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Which Country Accepts the Most Patents by Residents?

Patent Applications (Residents), 2019 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | July 1, 2021
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Based on a comparison of 124 countries in 2019, China ranked the highest in patent applications of residents with 1,243,568 followed by USA and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Tajikistan with 1.00, El Salvador with 1.00 and Laos with 1.00.

Total patent applications of residents reached 2,144,825 in 2019 in the World according to World Bank. This is 7 % less than in the previous year and 49.9 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total patent applications of residents reached an all time high of 2,294,881 in 2018 and an all time low of 455,973 in 1985. The average annual growth amounted to 4.66 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 58.0 % of patent applications of residents in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 82.7 % share while the ten largest countries some 96.6 % in 2019.

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

Patent Applications (Residents) Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Brazil 4,959 4,659 4,641 5,200 5,480
Canada 4,567 4,198 4,277 4,078 4,053
China 704,936 801,135 968,252 1,204,981 1,245,709
France 14,690 14,500 14,306 14,206 14,415
Germany 47,353 48,154 47,384 48,480 47,785
India 10,669 12,040 12,579 13,199 14,961
Iran 11,305 13,683 ... 14,930 15,264
Italy ... ... ... ... ... ... 8,307 8,601 ... 8,848 8,643
Japan 271,731 265,959 258,839 260,244 260,292
Poland 4,237 3,941 4,676 4,261 3,924
Russia 28,765 24,072 29,269 26,795 22,777
South Korea 159,978 164,073 167,275 163,424 159,084
Turkey 4,392 4,766 5,352 6,230 8,175
USA 287,831 285,096 288,335 295,327 293,904
United Kingdom 14,972 15,196 14,867 13,876 13,301

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