For that indicator, The World Intellectual Property Organization provides data for Japan from 1980 to 2017. The average value for Japan during that period was 312768 patent applications with a minumum of 165730 patent applications in 1980 and a maximum of 384201 patent applications in 2000.
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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.