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China is the top country by number of patent applications in the world. As of 2017, number of patent applications in China was 1.25 million that accounts for 57.63 % of the world's number of patent applications. The top 5 countries (others are the United States of America, Japan, Republic of Korea, and Germany) account for 92.84 % of it. The world's total number of patent applications was estimated at 2.16 million in 2017.The description is composed by our digital data assistant.
Patent applications are worldwide patent applications filed through the Patent Cooperation Treaty procedure or with a national patent office.