China: Patent applications by residents

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Patent applications by residents

 Latest value 1426644
 Year 2021
 Measure patent applications
 Data availability 1985 - 2021
 Average 343773
 Min - Max 3494 - 1426644
 Source The World Intellectual Property Organization
For that indicator, we provide data for China from 1985 to 2021. The average value for China during that period was 343773 patent applications with a minimum of 3494 patent applications in 1986 and a maximum of 1426644 patent applications in 2021. The latest value from 2021 is 1426644 patent applications. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 112 countries is 20444 patent applications. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Definition: 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 process that provides a new way of doing something or offers a new technical solution to a problem. A patent provides protection for the invention to the owner of the patent for a limited period, generally 20 years.

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 High tech exports, percent of manufactured exports 23.12 2022 percent
 Patent applications by residents 1,426,644 2021 patent applications
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