Industry > Patent applications > Residents: Group totals

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.


High income OECD countries 748,848 2003
Group of 7 countries (G7) 627,834 2003
Non-religious countries 449,066 2003
Europe 131,109 1996
European Union 102,459 2004
NATO countries 99,255 2003
Eurozone 72,461 2003
Emerging markets 69,293 2000
Former Soviet republics 35,002 2002

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