* indicates monthly or quarterly data series

Patent applications by residents, 2021:

The average for 2021 based on 112 countries was 20444 patent applications. The highest value was in China: 1426644 patent applications and the lowest value was in Cape Verde: 1 patent applications. The indicator is available from 1980 to 2021. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: patent applications; Source: The World Intellectual Property Organization
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* indicates monthly or quarterly data series


Countries Patent applications by residents, 2021 Global rank Available data
China 1426644 1 1985 - 2021
USA 262244 2 1980 - 2021
Japan 222452 3 1980 - 2021
South Korea 186245 4 1980 - 2021
Germany 39822 5 1980 - 2021
India 26267 6 1980 - 2021
Russia 19569 7 1992 - 2021
France 13386 8 1980 - 2021
UK 11592 9 1980 - 2021
Italy 10281 10 1980 - 2021
Iran 10210 11 1980 - 2021
Turkey 8234 12 1980 - 2021
Canada 4710 13 1980 - 2021
Brazil 4666 14 1980 - 2021
Poland 3377 15 1980 - 2021
Australia 2966 16 1980 - 2021
Netherlands 2080 17 1980 - 2021
Singapore 2024 18 1980 - 2021
Austria 1872 19 1980 - 2021
South Africa 1804 20 1980 - 2021
Sweden 1771 21 1980 - 2021
Israel 1592 22 1980 - 2021
Finland 1557 23 1980 - 2021
Saudi Arabia 1398 24 1989 - 2021
Indonesia 1397 25 1980 - 2021
Spain 1308 26 1980 - 2021
Ukraine 1302 27 1992 - 2021
Switzerland 1288 28 1980 - 2021
Mexico 1117 29 1980 - 2021
Denmark 1090 30 1980 - 2021
Vietnam 1066 31 1984 - 2021
Norway 946 32 1980 - 2021
Malaysia 883 33 1985 - 2021
Egypt 881 34 1980 - 2021
Thailand 867 35 1980 - 2021
Belgium 799 36 1980 - 2021
Romania 772 37 1980 - 2021
Portugal 711 38 1980 - 2021
Czechia 541 39 1993 - 2021
Philippines 490 40 1980 - 2021
Hungary 433 41 1980 - 2021
Colombia 432 42 1980 - 2021
Pakistan 426 43 1980 - 2021
Uzbekistan 413 44 1993 - 2021
Argentina 406 45 1980 - 2021
Chile 402 46 1980 - 2021
Hong Kong 401 47 1983 - 2021
Greece 394 48 1980 - 2021
New Zealand 330 49 1980 - 2021
Belarus 276 50 1993 - 2021
Algeria 268 51 1980 - 2021
Sri Lanka 266 52 1980 - 2021
Morocco 254 53 1980 - 2021
Slovenia 222 54 1991 - 2021
Bulgaria 165 55 1980 - 2021
Kenya 160 56 1988 - 2021
Slovakia 146 57 1993 - 2021
Serbia 138 58 2004 - 2021
Azerbaijan 119 59 1995 - 2021
Luxembourg 112 60 1980 - 2021
Mongolia 109 61 1983 - 2021
Latvia 104 62 1992 - 2021
Syria 102 63 1980 - 2021
Peru 94 64 1980 - 2021
Georgia 90 65 1992 - 2021
Kyrgyzstan 83 66 1994 - 2021
Lithuania 81 67 1991 - 2021
Croatia 77 68 1992 - 2021
Ireland 75 69 1980 - 2021
Bangladesh 74 70 1980 - 2021
Barbados 73 71 1984 - 2021
UA Emirates 69 72 2010 - 2021
Moldova 64 73 1993 - 2021
Bosnia & Herz. 53 74 1999 - 2021
Qatar 47 75 2012 - 2021
North Macedonia 42 76 1993 - 2021
Armenia 40 77 1993 - 2021
Guyana 40 78 1983 - 2021
Ecuador 35 79 1980 - 2021
Panama 35 80 1980 - 2021
Iceland 34 81 1980 - 2021
Mozambique 30 82 1999 - 2021
Oman 30 83 2015 - 2021
Estonia 25 84 1994 - 2021
Jordan 25 85 1989 - 2021
Albania 23 86 2011 - 2021
Yemen 20 87 1998 - 2021
Jamaica 16 88 1983 - 2021
Costa Rica 15 89 1980 - 2021
Rwanda 14 90 1988 - 2021
Uganda 14 91 2003 - 2021
Zambia 13 92 1980 - 2021
Paraguay 10 93 1983 - 2021
Guatemala 9 94 1982 - 2021
Domin. Rep. 7 95 1983 - 2021
San Marino 7 96 2013 - 2021
Madagascar 6 97 1994 - 2021
Mauritius 6 98 1981 - 2021
Bolivia 5 99 1980 - 2021
Malta 5 100 1980 - 2021
Monaco 5 101 1980 - 2021
Andorra 3 102 2018 - 2021
Bahrain 3 103 1981 - 2021
Botswana 3 104 2011 - 2021
Djibouti 3 105 2013 - 2021
Brunei 2 106 2012 - 2021
El Salvador 2 107 1980 - 2021
Macao 2 108 2005 - 2021
Tr.&Tobago 2 109 1980 - 2021
Cape Verde 1 110 2016 - 2021
Cyprus 1 111 1980 - 2021
Samoa 1 112 1981 - 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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