Which Country Accepts the Most Patents by Residents?

Patent Applications (Residents), 2017 or latest
Telcos & Hi-Tech | May 17, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 121 countries in 2017, China ranked the highest in patent applications of residents with 1,245,709 followed by USA and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Mauritius with 1.00, Papua New Guinea with 1.00 and Macao with 1.00.

Total patent applications of residents reached 2,161,610 in 2017 in the World according to World Bank. This is 1.53 % more than in the previous year and 51.2 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total patent applications of residents reached an all time high of 2,161,610 in 2017 and an all time low of 455,957 in 1985. The average annual growth amounted to 4.98 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 57.6 % of patent applications of residents in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 83.3 % share while the ten largest countries some 96.6 % in 2017.

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

Patent Applications (Residents) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Brazil 4,695 4,798 4,959 4,659 4,641
Canada 4,754 4,709 4,567 4,198 4,277
China 415,829 535,313 704,936 801,135 968,252
France 14,655 14,540 14,690 14,500 14,306
Germany 46,986 46,620 47,353 48,154 47,384
India 8,841 9,553 10,669 12,040 12,579
Iran 11,529 10,622 11,305 13,683 ...
Italy ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 8,794 8,439 8,307 8,601 ...
Japan 287,580 287,013 271,731 265,959 258,839
Poland 3,879 4,410 4,237 3,941 4,676
Russia 26,495 28,701 28,765 24,072 29,269
South Korea 138,034 148,136 159,978 164,073 167,275
Turkey 3,885 4,434 4,392 4,766 5,352
USA 247,750 268,782 287,831 285,096 288,335
United Kingdom 15,343 15,370 14,972 15,196 14,867