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Industry > Patent applications > Residents per million: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Patent applications are applications filed 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. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Japan 2,836.09 2004
2 South Korea 2,186.29 2004
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 782.29 2003
3 United States 631.85 2004
4 Germany 585.69 2004
5 Australia 425.04 2004
Non-religious countries average (profile) 400.18 2003
6 New Zealand 386.3 2004
7 Finland 383.31 2004
High income OECD countries average (profile) 370.85 2003
8 Denmark 341.01 2004
9 United Kingdom 314.29 2004
10 Sweden 306 2004
11 Norway 282.91 2001
12 Switzerland 250.8 2002
13 Austria 240.46 2004
14 France 226.95 2004
15 Monaco 209.92 2004
16 Israel 198.66 2003
17 Iceland 196.88 2003
18 Ireland 193.35 2004
19 Slovenia 163.74 2004
20 Russia 159.5 2004
European Union average (profile) 146.08 2004
Europe average (profile) 142.42 1996
21 South Africa 141.85 1995
Eurozone average (profile) 138.62 2003
22 Italy 138.33 2000
23 Netherlands 134.32 2004
24 Canada 124.04 2003
25 Singapore 122.16 2004
NATO countries average (profile) 118.73 2003
26 Kazakhstan 113.76 2003
27 Belarus 109.46 2004
28 Croatia 86.28 2004
29 Ukraine 86.11 2004
30 Moldova 82.41 2004
31 Hungary 73.02 2004
32 Spain 67.09 2004
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 64.25 2002
33 Poland 62.36 2004
34 Czech Republic 60.59 2004
35 Georgia 57.43 2004
36 Mongolia 57.29 2004
37 Malta 55.56 2002
38 China 50.6 2004
39 Belgium 50.02 2003
40 Armenia 49.74 2003
41 Latvia 46.26 2004
42 Greece 44.03 2004
43 Romania 43.21 2004
44 Slovakia 39.76 2004
45 Kyrgyzstan 35.49 2003
46 Luxembourg 35.43 2003
47 Bulgaria 33.8 2004
Emerging markets average (profile) 30.43 2000
48 Azerbaijan 21.25 1996
49 Brazil 21.15 2004
50 Argentina 20.52 2004
51 Lithuania 20.08 2004
52 Estonia 20.01 2004
53 Hong Kong 18.72 2004
54 Chile 15.59 2000
55 Syria 15.21 2000
56 Bosnia and Herzegovina 12.09 2004
57 Guyana 12.08 1986
58 Portugal 11.52 2004
59 Uruguay 11.13 2004
60 Thailand 10.56 2003
61 Uzbekistan 10.56 2004
62 Aruba 10.53 2002
63 Iran 10.34 2001
64 Cuba 9.91 1999
65 Turkmenistan 9.89 1999
66 Cyprus 8.86 2004
67 Costa Rica 8.76 1993
68 Namibia 8.34 1993
69 Malaysia 8.21 1997
70 The Bahamas 7.52 1992
71 Turkey 7.05 2003
72 Liberia 6.98 1993
73 India 6.12 2004
74 Jamaica 5.73 2002
75 Tunisia 5.06 1996
76 Sri Lanka 4.95 2003
77 Mexico 4.85 2004
78 Tajikistan 4.8 2004
79 Morocco 3.62 2000
80 Jordan 3.6 1989
81 Iraq 3.24 1996
82 Saudi Arabia 2.79 2002
83 Nicaragua 2.74 2000
84 Mauritius 2.59 1998
85 Libya 2.48 1996
86 Zimbabwe 2.36 1996
87 Venezuela 2.29 2000
88 Panama 2.29 2000
89 Bolivia 2.23 1995
90 Egypt 2.22 2004
91 Paraguay 2.11 2003
92 Dominican Republic 2.1 1986
93 Philippines 1.86 2004
94 Algeria 1.73 2004
95 Trinidad and Tobago 1.57 2002
96 Peru 1.39 2004
97 Colombia 1.26 2002
98 Botswana 1.12 2001
99 Honduras 1.08 2002
100 Indonesia 1.02 2004
101 Ecuador 0.998 2002
102 Madagascar 0.901 2004
103 Kenya 0.82 1999
104 The Gambia 0.789 2001
105 Zambia 0.579 2001
106 Lesotho 0.562 1996
107 El Salvador 0.522 1995
108 Vietnam 0.438 2000
109 Guatemala 0.436 2001
110 Pakistan 0.395 2001
111 Angola 0.364 1992
112 Albania 0.303 2000
113 Malawi 0.265 2000
114 Bangladesh 0.251 1998
115 Burundi 0.159 1996
116 Nepal 0.146 1995
117 Rwanda 0.142 1988
118 Nigeria 0.126 1990
119 Haiti 0.119 1999
120 Democratic Republic of the Congo 0.0464 1996
121 Ethiopia 0.0454 2000

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"Countries Compared by Industry > Patent applications > Residents per million. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", World Development Indicators database. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Industry/Patent-applications/Residents-per-million

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