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Patent applications by residents, 2018 - Country rankings:

The average for 2018 based on 116 countries was 19783 patent applications.The highest value was in China: 1393815 patent applications and the lowest value was in Andorra: 1 patent applications. The indicator is available from 1980 to 2018. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: patent applications; Source: The World Intellectual Property Organization
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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.
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