Patent applications by residents - Country rankings:
The average for 2016 was 19902 patent applications.The highest value was in China: 1204981 patent applications and the lowest value was in Botswana: 1 patent applications. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available for: Patent applications by residents.
Patent applications by residents, 2016
(patent applications, Source: The World Intellectual Property Organization);
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.