For that indicator, we provide data for Lesotho from 1995 to 2019. The average value for Lesotho during that period was 4 patent applications with a minimum of 1 patent applications in 1996 and a maximum of 8 patent applications in 1995.
The latest value from 2019 is 1 patent applications. For comparison, the world average in 2019 based on 113
countries is 19057 patent applications.
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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.