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The number of global patent applications is breaking records. Where are the hotspots?

Global growth in patent applications was driven largely by China, India and South Korea. Image: Unsplash/ Ameen Fahmy

Johnny Wood
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Graph showing the patent applications worldwide 2007-2021
Global patent applications reached their highest ever level in 2021. Image: World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistic showing the patent applications by region, 2011 and 2021
Asian countries filed 67.6% of global patent applications in 2021. Image: World Intellectual Property Organization
Graph showing the patent grants world wide, 2007-2021
2021 saw the fastest growth rate of patents issued within a decade. Image: World Intellectual Property Organization

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