(measure: patent applications; Source: The World Intellectual Property Organization)
* indicates monthly or quarterly data series
USA: Patent applications by residents
For that indicator, we provide data for the USA from 1980 to 2018. The average value for the USA during that period was 161607 patent applications with a minimum of 59391 patent applications in 1983 and a maximum of 295327 patent applications in 2016.
The latest value from 2018 is 285095 patent applications. For comparison, the world average in 2018 based on 116
countries is 19783 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.