Global Number of Patent Applications

Global Number of Patent Applications

Proof Point

Global patent applications grew 5.5% annually between 2006 and 2015, from 1.8 million to 2.9 million

Global Number of Patent Applications

2006 – 2015 (millions)

Proof Point Findings

  • Patents – License for new invention, method, procedure, machine, or new composition applicable for particular period, banning others from making, using and selling same invention
  • Steady Patent Applications Growth – Global patent applications grew 5.5% annually, from 1.8 million in 2006 to 2.9 million in 2015
  • Technology Focus – Computer technology had highest percentage of applications (7.9%), followed by electrical machinery (7.3%) and digital communications (4.9%)
  • Landmark Applications in China – 1.1 million applications were filed in China in 2015, first time single patent office received more than one million applications in one year
  • Key Drivers – Include growth of patent applications in developed countries, increased organizational effort to protect intellectual properties as competition heightens and pace of innovation exponentially increases, as well as growing internationalization of patent filing as businesses increasingly penetrate markets abroad

Market Disruption




Date Last Updated

June 1, 2017

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