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Table 10: Patents Issued by the United States to Residents of Foreign Countries

TABLE 10: PATENTS ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES TO RESIDENTS OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES1, 3
(FY 2007 - FY 2011)2
Residence 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Total 89,760 90,713 96,395 117,263 124,252
Albania4 - - - - 1
Algeria - - - 1 -
Andorra 1 1 2 8 4
Anguilla 1 - 1 - 1
Antigua and Barbuda - 1 - 1 -
Argentina 52 46 47 60 49
Armenia 1 1 1 2 4
Australia 1,493 1,485 1,717 1,940 2,213
Austria 553 572 729 850 916
Azerbaijan 2 2 - - 1
Bahamas 3 5 6 9 12
Bahrain - - - 1 -
Bangladesh - 1 - - -
Barbados 2 2 3 2 2
Belarus 7 8 6 7 4
Belgium 629 602 677 853 945
Belize - - 1 - -
Benin 1 - - - -
Bermuda 6 1 - 2 5
Bolivia - 1 - 1 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina - - 2 - -
Brazil 112 131 146 209 232
British Virgin Islands 1 1 4 - 1
Brunei Darussalam - - 1 - 1
Bulgaria 3 18 31 57 45
Burkina Faso - - 1 - -
Cameroon 1 - 1 4 -
Canada 3,974 4,052 4,361 5,225 5,687
Cayman Islands 12 2 1 3 4
Chad - 1 - - -
Chile 25 19 28 23 30
China (Hong Kong) 733 738 576 726 679
China (Macau) - 2 1 2 6
China (Mainland) 1,139 1,684 2,195 3,059 3,466
Colombia 8 9 11 10 15
Costa Rica 14 17 14 13 14
Croatia 15 14 19 9 18
Cuba 2 6 5 8 4
Cyprus 4 1 2 5 3
Czech Republic 39 58 48 79 76
Denmark 494 573 512 706 836
Dominican Republic 2 3 5 3 2
Ecuador 5 3 3 5 1
Egypt 10 6 2 14 19
El Salvador - - - 1 -
Estonia 10 2 4 11 14
Ethiopia 1 - - - -
Fiji 1 - - - -
Finland 967 894 974 1,223 1,030
France 3,757 3,683 3,836 4,835 5,024
French Polynesia 1 - 1 - -
Gabon 1 - - - -
Georgia 7 3 1 2 2
Germany 10,256 9,794 10,279 12,916 13,021
Ghana 1 - - 1 1
Gibraltar 1 3 1 - 3
Greece 26 25 26 59 57
Greenland - - 3 - -
Guatemala - 4 1 2 -
Honduras 2 - - - 1
Hungary 55 68 53 92 103
Iceland 20 23 26 22 27
India 560 650 678 1,076 1,195
Indonesia 16 21 20 5 10
Iran 4 3 6 7 15
Iraq - 1 - - -
Ireland 174 174 180 259 313
Israel 1,218 1,322 1,426 1,828 2,054
Italy 1,791 1,890 1,842 2,150 2,322
Jamaica 1 2 4 4 2
Japan 36,658 35,847 37,879 44,893 47,674
Jordan 1 1 1 - 4
Kazakhstan 3 - 2 1 -
Kenya 1 2 6 4 1
Korea, Democratic People's Rep of4 - - - - 1
Korea, Republic of 6,882 8,410 9,401 11,811 12,858
Kuwait 7 12 12 17 23
Kyrgyzstan - 1 - - -
Latvia 2 2 4 5 3
Lebanon 2 5 4 5 8
Liechtenstein 14 15 20 18 15
Lithuania 9 13 4 7 10
Luxembourg 58 40 55 50 41
Macedonia - - 1 - 1
Malaysia 154 179 173 230 176
Malta 1 2 7 3 4
Mauritius - 1 - - -
Mexico 89 78 82 105 116
Monaco 13 9 8 9 8
Morocco 1 3 4 1 2
Namibia - 1 - - -
Netherlands 1,594 1,670 1,634 1,822 1,959
Netherlands Antilles 1 - - 1 -
New Zealand 157 180 179 243 238
Nigeria 1 1 - - 1
Norway 285 288 303 414 411
Oman - 2 4 2 3
Pakistan 4 6 5 2 2
Panama - 1 3 4 1
Paraguay - - - 1 -
Peru 2 1 8 1 5
Philippines 26 22 24 33 37
Poland 37 64 50 48 61
Portugal 16 30 18 28 34
Qatar - 1 1 1 1
Romania 11 11 7 17 24
Russian Federation 183 186 206 246 311
Saint Kitts & Nevis - 1 - - -
Samoa 4 - - 2 -
Saudi Arabia 23 28 20 51 56
Senegal - - - 1 -
Serbia 6 2 5 4 5
Seychelles 2 1 - - -
Singapore 457 426 496 591 692
Slovakia 8 13 13 15 22
Slovenia 23 17 27 26 30
South Africa 117 111 148 143 134
Spain 350 386 415 484 528
Sri Lanka 5 1 6 4 8
Sweden 1,298 1,249 1,230 1,509 1,757
Switzerland 1,283 1,340 1,428 1,833 1,825
Syrian Arab Rep 1 - - - 1
Taiwan 7,569 7,424 7,958 9,202 9,584
Thailand 29 38 32 58 65
Trinidad & Tobago 1 - 3 5 1
Tunisia 1 2 - 2 2
Turkey 19 35 32 49 45
Turks and Caicos Islands 1 1 - - -
Ukraine 14 16 21 12 13
United Arab Emirates 5 6 10 7 11
United Kingdom 4,100 3,882 3,904 4,830 4,925
Uruguay 3 3 5 5 4
Vanuatu4 - - - - 1
Venezuela 13 19 11 16 19
Vietnam 1 - 2 2 -
Zimbabwe 1 - 4 - -

Notes:

- Represents zero.

1: Data includes utility, design, plant, and reissue patents. (back to text)

2: Past years' data may have been revised from prior year reports to reflect patent withdrawal information that was updated during the year. It is not uncommon for the withdrawal status of patents issued in prior years to change. (back to text)

3: Each patent grant is listed under only one country of residence.Country listings include possessions and territories of that country unless separately listed in the table. (back to text)

4: Countries/Territories not previously reported. (back to text)

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