Patent and trademark filings represent the pulse of innovation and entrepreneurship. We made this viz to help gauge and analyze that pulse, thanks to data from the Worldwide Intellectual Property Organization. Take a look- you may be surprised by what you find!

American innovation is still in full swing. In 2007 (the last year with full data), over 400K patents were filed in the US, overtaking Japan for the first time since 1970. Chinese patent filings have been rising as well, topping out at just over 200K. Chinese trademark filings are an entirely different animal, taking up over 50% of the total amongst the countries profiled here.

This makes perfect sense, given that Chinese companies usually compete on price rather than technology. Brands are a valuable commodity when they are the only distinction between competitors. Similarly, it makes sense that the technology heavy economy of the US would produce more patents than trademarks.

Also, see a little further into the legal side of this viz in this post from Tableau Software's resident legal eagle, David Weiskopf.

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Great post Ross and David! I really enjoyed it and added additional enhancements on my site,

All the best, keep up the great work!

Great post. The only one blatantly absent is India. There were several interesting questions begged by this vis. For example, I would be curious as to the correlation of GDP and % of World Economy vs Patents over time - is there a connection? Or...Is there a connection between patents and military spending, or political / governmental criteria? Good to see the US growing steadily and maintaining the majority % of patents filed, but China is growing and again, India is missing.

Thanks-- Let us know if there is ever an updated version of this.

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