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World Intellectual Property Indicators by Country 2024

Although intellectual property has always been an important part of human innovation and progress, this is increasingly the case in an age when technology and interconnectedness are king.

Experts consider the number of patents filed per year to be a fairly good indicator of the total amount of intellectual property a given country has. Other helpful indicators may include copyrights, trademark registrations, utility models, and commercialization of various IP options.

World Intellectual Property Indicators (or WIPI for short) is a yearly report that provides a snapshot of where various world countries stand when it comes to their intellectual property cache and overall level of innovation.

Here’s a look at some of the top most innovative countries in the world as of 2023, as well as a few factors that might impact a particular country’s innovation rates.

World Countries with the Most Intellectual Property

According to data, the following are currently some of the most innovative countries in the world.

China

Using the number of patents filed per year as a guideline, China leads the pack in the realm of intellectual property. Its highly innovative people collectively filed around 695,400 patents in 2022. The number of patents currently in force exceeds 3.6 million.

United States

The United States is a close second to China in the innovation department with about 3.3 million patents currently in force. The number of new patents filed annually was 646,855 in 2022.

Japan

Well-known as a leading world innovator for many reasons, Japan comes in third with approximately 2 million patents currently in force. The total number of new patents filed annually in Japan in 2022 was 289,530.

Additional countries known worldwide as top-tier innovators and with many patents both in force and annually filed include Switzerland, Finland, India, Canada, Chile, the Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore, Germany, and Brazil.

Factors That Influence Innovation and Intellectual Property Abundance

Numerous factors come into play when it comes to matters like intellectual property, patents, etc. Here are some key examples to know:

  • Economic Climate: Generally speaking, richer nations with more robust economies demonstrate more patent activity and intellectual property, as they have more resources to invest in such things.

  • Education: Countries with better educational systems or with better access to educational resources tend to be more innovative.

  • Cultural Values: A country’s ingrained social and cultural values factor into the mix, too. The more a country’s people value concepts like risk-taking or entrepreneurship, the more patents and brilliant IP ideas it’s likely to generate.

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Country
Industrial Design Application 2022
Patent Application 2022
Trademarks Application 2022
Industrial Design Application 2021
Patent Application 2021
Trademarks Application 2021
China1.4M1.6M8.6M1.5M1.5M11.2M
Germany489.5K157.7K2.6M540.7K165.8K2.9M
Italy369.3K32K1.2M350.4K34.2K1.2M
United States366.7K515.3K2M392.3K510K2.2M
France217.6K66.4K1.2M227.9K66.1K1.3M
Poland155.8K6.1K477.7K158.3K5.9K500.5K
United Kingdom131.4K54.6K1.1M135.2K53.6K1.2M
Spain118.4K10.5K789K101.6K10.9K794.3K
Switzerland116.2K51.4K518.1K117.8K48.3K567.1K
South Korea103.2K272.7K449.6K116.7K267.5K471.7K
Turkey94.8K11.1K579.5K78.8K10.9K503.7K
Netherlands92K32.7K582.2K97.8K32.8K609.1K
Japan91.7K406.4K549K94.4K412.9K555.3K
Austria58.7K13.7K361.9K82.2K13.5K412.2K
Sweden48.7K28.2K352.8K48.8K27.8K400.7K
Denmark44.6K14.5K171.3K58.2K14.1K195.9K
Belgium34.7K14.3K250.1K35.1K14K282K
Bulgaria28.7K548131.5K13K466105.1K
Czech Republic25.3K1.9K173.2K24.6K1.9K199.5K
Hong Kong25.1K2.5K112.3K27.3K3.3K139.6K
Portugal23.9K2K146.3K24.7K2K168.6K
India22.4K56.4K499.7K19.8K43.2K477.1K
Finland20K13K152.5K25.5K12.8K174.8K
Australia15.9K11.7K224.2K18.1K12.8K251.5K
Canada15.4K25.6K202.1K18K26.5K235.9K
Romania14.4K1.1K162.2K9.7K1.1K130.7K
Greece11.8K1.2K11.8K1.4K
Russia10.8K25.2K447.2K11.8K25.9K417.9K
Israel10.1K17.3K49K10.2K17.3K44.1K
Ireland9.8K7.5K15.6K7.1K
Iran8.2K8.4K357.7K13.9K10.3K511.9K
Brazil8.1K7K380.5K7.9K6.9K370.2K
Slovenia7.6K81153.6K4.5K74448.4K
Norway6.9K6K79K8.5K5.8K94.2K
New Zealand6.7K2.6K48.8K6K2.7K55.6K
Singapore6.5K8.6K109.3K15.3K9.8K105.3K
Luxembourg6.3K2.6K88.8K9K2.7K98.1K
Hungary6.3K1.1K63.9K5.1K1.5K69.9K
Croatia5.3K29036.3K5.9K30430.8K
Morocco5.1K36352.4K3.9K399106.4K
Lithuania5.1K64261.6K5.3K47762.9K
Estonia4.8K27370.4K5.8K35074.6K
Malta4.8K44167.8K13.8K40778.9K
Cyprus4.6K29582K9.2K41791.8K
Thailand4.1K1.4K39K4.8K1.5K43.5K
Slovakia3.8K55753.8K6.5K41462.1K
Indonesia3.7K1.6K113.2K3.1K1.4K97.2K
Ivory Coast3.1K56214.7K1.4K69719.6K
Ukraine3K1.1K46.7K6.1K1.7K64.2K
Liechtenstein2.9K1.5K12.7K3.2K1.5K15.3K
Vietnam2.8K1.1K92.1K2.6K1.2K86.1K
Latvia2.5K24626.1K2.5K28127.8K
Egypt2.1K86643.1K2.3K1K46.7K
South Africa1.7K2.6K32.2K1.6K2.8K36.9K
Argentina1.6K76383.2K1.6K71782.5K
Mexico1.4K1.8K162.8K1.8K2K165.5K
United Arab Emirates1.3K84360.2K1.3K65545.9K
Bangladesh1.2K909.4K1.4K9111K
Mongolia1.1K13810.4K1.4K11319.5K
Guinea1K514.2K1K525K
Malaysia9901.8K27.6K7211.9K33.7K
Saudi Arabia9685K40K1.1K4.9K32.3K
Algeria85548312.3K90028111.9K
Colombia7831.3K61K63669242.7K
Albania778351.7K58392.8K
Philippines68567438.4K72069537.6K
Serbia68523014.1K93327116.8K
Ghana673111.1K
Belarus6709808K4621.1K12.3K
San Marino6054848658
Tunisia5472255.8K
Moldova528545.3K749756.3K
Senegal4935839.7K42560612.6K
Pakistan46741640K48549144.6K
Syria451131485106
Cameroon42680311.2K6311.1K13.2K
Sri Lanka3612607K2273297.7K
Madagascar33893.4K32863.3K
North Macedonia265538.9K172734.6K
Jordan251646.4K322536.3K
Georgia247973.8K1131324.6K
Uzbekistan23647513.9K24042811K
Kazakhstan2311.3K18.3K28317.1K
Monaco22915416K43113715.4K
Bosnia and Herzegovina172732K671641.9K
Jamaica1541394232.9K
Burkina Faso1361043.3K206856.1K
Armenia129718.3K811065.7K
Mali121553.5K2061945.8K
Peru11723431.3K9816032.3K
Mauritius1154015.8K631658.6K
Oman108888.1K171006.8K
Kenya993965.5K126199
Azerbaijan965318.6K813386.2K
Chile9282353.5K18993066.2K
Ecuador894515.4K1075115.5K
Gabon851031.3K2043591.2K
Guinea Bissau8539151426
Zambia81141.3K46151.3K
Dominican Republic645112.1K444611.1K
Ethiopia60391.9K1.4K
Uganda56162.2K91202.2K
Yemen56133.7K80225.7K
Mozambique522578835301.6K
Chad5111912911951163
Benin51712.7K851713.6K
Angola4682
Zimbabwe38411.3K19
Namibia3839488
Bahrain35301.9K15171.3K
Togo34853.4K85817K
Mauritania3485982362.5K
Bolivia31144.9K2364.9K
Kyrgyzstan2013298130120845
El Salvador2045.4K1625.6K
Venezuela19298.3K
Guatemala19128315
Central African Republic17971770
Kuwait177.8K114
Macau14273.1K2451633.7K
Trinidad and Tobago1271.4K6015956
Djibouti9152341
Samoa988017865
Vanuatu63624196
Rwanda597771016721
Botswana517184
Costa Rica413512K1313010.9K
Tonga457
Montenegro211
Cambodia141
Honduras123.1K23K
Laos1
Paraguay11114.8K91417.2K
Iraq1.2K2.8K
Niger8780968815
North Korea5.2K
Somalia3015
Cuba4.2K141122.5K
Papua New Guinea41124329
Tajikistan33197
Sierra Leone2374
Republic of the Congo524211771707
Panama1977012.4K
Uruguay8.4K9.1K
Gambia405121
Qatar8.2K12110.7K
Equatorial Guinea4591187
Comoros36138
Guyana117140
Bhutan1933157
Suriname116529
Cape Verde21101147
Brunei12275737
Belize175921
Iceland3135.7K383716.1K
Barbados2.6K76717.1K
Sao Tome and Principe484
Curacao4.3K2.4K
Grenada10126
Seychelles464.6K27515.5K
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines2601386
Antigua and Barbuda1531.6K24081.9K
Andorra198.9K277.6K
Dominica119593
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Which country has the most intellectual property?

Based on the number of patents filed each year, China has the most intellectual property, with 695,400 patents annually.

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