In 2014, most patents were granted to US companies, followed by applicants from Germany, Japan, France and Switzerland. The share of grants to European companies increased to 51% of the total. The number of patents granted to Chinese companies is growing rapidly, albeit from a low number.
1 Analysis based on granted patents in 2014. Patents have been allocated to the country of residence of the first named patentee
Granted patents 2005-2014 per field of technology (XLS, 13 KB)