DEFINITION: Patent applications, residents. 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.
|High income OECD countries||792,379||2011|
|Group of 7 countries (G7)||625,862||2011|
|Former Soviet republics||33,447||2011|
|Potential Future EU Members||4,218||2011|
|Former Spanish colonies||2,239||1993|