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|
|Former Soviet republics||35,002||2002|