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#1. JAPAN

The country that has given us sushi, calligraphy, and origami among various other wonderful inventions didn’t disappoint, leading the pack with the highest number of patent filings in each year

The number of its patent filings consistently hit the 100K mark for years ’15, ’16 and ’17. However, years ’18 and ’19 weren’t as prolific, with number of filings declining to approximately 70K in 2019

#2. CHINA

From 2016 onwards, China overtook South Korea to have the 2nd highest number of patent filings

China’s number of patent filings averaged approximately 40k over the 5-year period, peaking in 2017 but coming to a sharp decline by 2019

#3. SOUTH KOREA

Until 2015, South Korea had the second highest number of patent filings but China overtook it for the remaining 4 years

From 2016-2019, South Korea had the 3rd highest number of patent filings, overtaking Great Britain and Germany each year

Korea’s yearly average number of patent filings for the period was approximately 35K with 2018 and 2019 being its weakest years

#4. GERMANY & UK

From 2016 onwards, China overtook South Korea to have the 2nd highest number of patent filings

China’s number of patent filings averaged approximately 40k over the 5-year period, peaking in 2017 but coming to a sharp decline by 2019

3.The top 3 individual patent inventors in March 2021

These inventors displaced Jason Harris, Frederick Shelton and Chester Baxter of Ethicon LLC

A Johnson & Johnson owned company that manufactures devices used for surgical and medical procedures

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