The World Intellectual Property Organization of the UN (WIPO), which is a UN agency, tracks thousands of patents every year.
Patents in different industries
Patents give their creators exclusive rights to their inventions. These patents encourage the development of new ideas and spur scientific research, which leads to the birth of new technologies and sectors.
The number of granted patents varies widely across countries. We can see that a few countries dominate certain industries when we look at the origins of patent applicants.
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Visual Capitalist Jacqueline Ann DeStefano Tangorra
2021 WIPO date
The most recent patents granted by countries are listed, as well as their respective sector categories.
The countries with the most new patents
By 2021, the out-of-date
Patents in multiple fields were awarded to six innovators only.
The Applicants By Country
Patents Granted in 2021
% of Total
In recent years, the number of patents issued by the USPTO has increased dramatically.
Top of the charts in
There are 36 fields in total.
The Chinese government's plan includes computer technology, electronic machinery, and digital communications. The Chinese government's
Focus on Innovation
The nation's applicants received
The 1.6 million patents that will be granted in 2021.
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Second place was taken by
Patents granted by origin. The U.S. ranked first in four other fields: medical technology; engines and turbines; basic communication processes and unknown (for innovations that cannot be assigned to any specific field).
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Patents granted. It was the leader in semiconductors, optical devices, furniture, and video games. This cemented its reputation as a technological innovator.
Patents granted to applicants with 'unknown' origins, whose nationality or country could not be determined by the inventors, accounted for 24677 patents.
Fields of new patents
It's no surprise that electrical and digital technologies will be the most popular in 2021.
Main Field of Technology
Patents granted as a percentage
Electric machinery, apparatus and energy
Other Special Machines
Audio visual technology
Materials and metallurgy
Furniture and games
Basic Materials Chemistry
Engines, pumps and turbines
Fine organic chemistry
Management methods for IT
Polymers and macromolecular chemistry
Other Consumer Goods
Thermal Processes & Apparatus
Surface Technology and Coating
Textile and paper machines
Analyse biological material
Micro structural & nano technology
There are also many patents granted mainly in infrastructure-related fields, which have become all the more important following the COVID-19 pandemic and an increasing
Focus on Trade
Medical technology, transportation, civil engineering and
A Future of Tech Savvy
The increasing importance of technology is evident in the number of patents that will be granted by 2021.
Innovation around the World
Many other nations are making important contributions to intellectual property and innovation.
Intellectual property rights are becoming increasingly important as technology advances and globalization increases.