USA: Patent applications by residents

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 USA

Patent applications by residents

 Latest value 262,244
 Year 2021
 Measure patent applications
 Data availability 1980 - 2021
 Average 169,515
 Min - Max 59,391 - 295,327
 Source The World Intellectual Property Organization
For that indicator, we provide data for the USA from 1980 to 2021. The average value for the USA during that period was 169515 patent applications with a minimum of 59391 patent applications in 1983 and a maximum of 295327 patent applications in 2016. The latest value from 2021 is 262244 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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USA - Patent applications by residents - Recent values chart

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USA - Patent applications by residents - historical chart - 1980-2021




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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 Patent applications by residents 262,244 2021 patent applications
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