Economy > Innovation > Patent applications, residents: Group totals

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
Non-religious countries 737,286 2011
Cold countries 665,206 2010
Group of 7 countries (G7) 625,862 2011
Emerging markets 469,391 2011
Europe 147,123 2011
NATO countries 112,265 2011
European Union 108,762 2011
Eurozone 82,508 2011
Eastern Europe 39,128 2011
Former Soviet republics 33,447 2011
Potential Future EU Members 4,218 2011
Former Spanish colonies 2,239 1993

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