Patent applications of non-residents reached 19,927 in 2017 in Germany, according to World Bank. This is 2.62 % more than in the previous year.
Historically, patent applications of non-residents in Germany reached an all time high of 34,314 in 1973 and an all time low of 6,995 in 1993. When compared to Germany's main peers, patent applications of non-residents in Austria amounted to 232, 216 in Belgium, 1,832 in France and 117 in Poland in 2017.
Germany has been ranked 11th within the group of 113 countries we follow in terms of patent applications of non-residents, 2 places above the position seen 10 years ago.
Patent applications are worldwide patent applications filed through the Patent Cooperation Treaty procedure or with a national patent office for exclusive rights for an invention, a product or a process that provides a new way of doing something or offers a new technical solution to a problem.