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August 18, 2011

Countrywise patent rankings: Infographic


This map show total Patent Grants by Country of Origin for the period 1995 - 2009.

The U.S. holds more than 30 per cent of the world’s patents and comes first on this indicator. Yet it falls to eighth place when
patents are measured in proportion to its population.

Indeed, while country shares are important, size isn’t everything. Less populous countries that are increasingly specializing in a particular industry are able to produce a high number of patents in proportion to their populations; and they are able to develop competitive advantage in today’s technology-driven economies. Switzerland, for example, ranks 7th in patent share by country. But it jumps to 1st place among the peer countries when ranked by patents per million population because of its leadership in the pharmaceuticals industry.