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Industry > Patent applications > Residents > Per capita: 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. Per capita figures expressed per 1 million population.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Japan 2,836.05 per 1 million people 2004
2 South Korea 2,184.32 per 1 million people 2004
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 783.29 per 1 million people 2003
3 United States 630.02 per 1 million people 2004
4 Germany 585.69 per 1 million people 2004
5 Australia 425.79 per 1 million people 2004
Non-religious countries average (profile) 400.88 per 1 million people 2003
6 New Zealand 388.78 per 1 million people 2004
7 Finland 383.31 per 1 million people 2004
High income OECD countries average (profile) 371.2 per 1 million people 2003
8 Denmark 341.22 per 1 million people 2004
9 United Kingdom 314.47 per 1 million people 2004
10 Sweden 306.05 per 1 million people 2004
11 Norway 282.96 per 1 million people 2001
12 Switzerland 250.8 per 1 million people 2002
13 Austria 240.38 per 1 million people 2004
14 France 235.12 per 1 million people 2004
15 Monaco 216.05 per 1 million people 2004
16 Israel 198.66 per 1 million people 2003
17 Iceland 196.86 per 1 million people 2003
18 Ireland 193.44 per 1 million people 2004
19 Slovenia 163.75 per 1 million people 2004
20 Russia 159.5 per 1 million people 2004
European Union average (profile) 146.58 per 1 million people 2004
21 South Africa 141.85 per 1 million people 1995
Eurozone average (profile) 139.4 per 1 million people 2003
22 Italy 138.32 per 1 million people 2000
23 Netherlands 134.32 per 1 million people 2004
24 Canada 124.22 per 1 million people 2003
25 Singapore 120.04 per 1 million people 2004
NATO countries average (profile) 119.05 per 1 million people 2003
26 Kazakhstan 113.76 per 1 million people 2003
27 Belarus 108.4 per 1 million people 2004
28 Croatia 86.21 per 1 million people 2004
29 Ukraine 86.13 per 1 million people 2004
30 Moldova 75.67 per 1 million people 2004
31 Hungary 73.02 per 1 million people 2004
32 Spain 67.09 per 1 million people 2004
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 63.44 per 1 million people 2002
33 Poland 62.36 per 1 million people 2004
34 Czech Republic 60.65 per 1 million people 2004
35 Mongolia 56.87 per 1 million people 2004
36 Malta 55.56 per 1 million people 2002
37 Georgia 54.89 per 1 million people 2004
38 China 50.6 per 1 million people 2004
39 Belgium 50.02 per 1 million people 2003
40 Armenia 49.72 per 1 million people 2003
41 Serbia and Montenegro 47.04 per 1 million people 2003
42 Latvia 46.26 per 1 million people 2004
43 Greece 44.03 per 1 million people 2004
44 Romania 43.21 per 1 million people 2004
45 Slovakia 39.76 per 1 million people 2004
46 Luxembourg 35.56 per 1 million people 2003
47 Kyrgyzstan 35.53 per 1 million people 2003
48 Bulgaria 33.8 per 1 million people 2004
Emerging markets average (profile) 30.47 per 1 million people 2000
49 Azerbaijan 21.25 per 1 million people 1996
50 Brazil 21.16 per 1 million people 2004
51 Argentina 20.48 per 1 million people 2004
52 Lithuania 20.08 per 1 million people 2004
53 Estonia 20.02 per 1 million people 2004
54 Hong Kong 18.45 per 1 million people 2004
55 Chile 15.64 per 1 million people 2000
56 Syria 14.81 per 1 million people 2000
57 Cyprus 12.16 per 1 million people 2004
58 Bosnia and Herzegovina 12.02 per 1 million people 2004
59 Guyana 12.02 per 1 million people 1986
60 Portugal 11.52 per 1 million people 2004
61 Uruguay 11.21 per 1 million people 2004
62 Thailand 10.79 per 1 million people 2003
63 Iran 10.71 per 1 million people 2001
64 Uzbekistan 10.55 per 1 million people 2004
65 Cuba 9.93 per 1 million people 1999
66 Turkmenistan 9.9 per 1 million people 1999
67 Costa Rica 8.76 per 1 million people 1993
68 Namibia 8.38 per 1 million people 1993
69 Malaysia 8.35 per 1 million people 1997
70 The Bahamas 7.57 per 1 million people 1992
71 Liberia 6.83 per 1 million people 1993
72 Turkey 6.58 per 1 million people 2003
73 India 6.29 per 1 million people 2004
74 Jamaica 5.73 per 1 million people 2002
75 Mexico 5.2 per 1 million people 2004
76 Tunisia 5.06 per 1 million people 1996
77 Tajikistan 4.95 per 1 million people 2004
78 Sri Lanka 4.93 per 1 million people 2003
79 Morocco 3.65 per 1 million people 2000
80 Jordan 3.6 per 1 million people 1989
81 Iraq 3.05 per 1 million people 1996
82 Nicaragua 2.85 per 1 million people 2000
83 Saudi Arabia 2.83 per 1 million people 2002
84 Mauritius 2.58 per 1 million people 1998
85 Libya 2.45 per 1 million people 1996
86 Panama 2.37 per 1 million people 2000
87 Zimbabwe 2.33 per 1 million people 1996
88 Venezuela 2.3 per 1 million people 2000
89 Bolivia 2.27 per 1 million people 1995
90 Egypt 2.16 per 1 million people 2004
91 Paraguay 2.11 per 1 million people 2003
92 Dominican Republic 2.08 per 1 million people 1986
93 Philippines 1.92 per 1 million people 2004
94 Algeria 1.79 per 1 million people 2004
95 Trinidad and Tobago 1.55 per 1 million people 2002
96 Peru 1.38 per 1 million people 2004
97 Colombia 1.21 per 1 million people 2002
98 Botswana 1.13 per 1 million people 2001
=99 Indonesia 1.04 per 1 million people 2004
=99 Honduras 1.04 per 1 million people 2002
101 Ecuador 1.03 per 1 million people 2002
102 Madagascar 0.883 per 1 million people 2004
103 Kenya 0.833 per 1 million people 1999
104 The Gambia 0.737 per 1 million people 2001
105 Lesotho 0.584 per 1 million people 1996
106 Zambia 0.55 per 1 million people 2001
107 El Salvador 0.529 per 1 million people 1995
108 Vietnam 0.438 per 1 million people 2000
109 Guatemala 0.437 per 1 million people 2001
110 Pakistan 0.41 per 1 million people 2001
111 Angola 0.357 per 1 million people 1992
112 Albania 0.327 per 1 million people 2000
113 Malawi 0.261 per 1 million people 2000
114 Bangladesh 0.258 per 1 million people 1998
115 Burundi 0.161 per 1 million people 1996
116 Rwanda 0.144 per 1 million people 1988
117 Nepal 0.138 per 1 million people 1995
118 Haiti 0.128 per 1 million people 1999
119 Nigeria 0.127 per 1 million people 1990
120 Ethiopia 0.047 per 1 million people 2000
121 Democratic Republic of the Congo 0.043 per 1 million people 1996

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"Countries Compared by Industry > Patent applications > Residents > Per capita. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", World Development Indicators database. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Industry/Patent-applications/Residents/Per-capita

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Interesting observations about Industry > Patent applications > Residents > Per capita

  • Japan has had the highest patent applications > residents > per capita since 1985.
  • Germany ranked first for patent applications > residents > per capita amongst European Union in 2004.
  • United States ranked first for patent applications > residents > per capita amongst Cold countries in 2004.
  • Russia ranked first for patent applications > residents > per capita amongst Emerging markets in 2004.
  • All of the top 2 countries by patent applications > residents > per capita are Densely populated.
  • Finland ranked second for patent applications > residents > per capita amongst Europe in 2004.
  • South Korea ranked second for patent applications > residents > per capita amongst High income OECD countries in 2004.
  • Canada ranked last for patent applications > residents > per capita amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2003.
  • All of the top 2 countries by patent applications > residents > per capita are East Asian and Pacific.
  • Denmark ranked second for patent applications > residents > per capita amongst NATO countries in 2004.
  • Slovenia ranked first for patent applications > residents > per capita amongst Eastern Europe in 2004.
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