Industry > Patent applications > Nonresidents: 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 370,023 2003
Group of 7 countries (G7) 277,919 2003
Non-religious countries 197,785 2003
Emerging markets 120,058 2000
NATO countries 83,275 2003
European Union 37,616 2004
Eurozone 16,735 2004
Former Soviet republics 12,670 2003

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