In 2013, inventors filed more than 2.5 million patent applications and patent offices granted 1.17 million patents. The top five patenting jurisdictions were China, U.S., Japan, Korea and the European Patent Office. There are 9.45 million patents in force.
Patents are a rich and increasingly important source of scientific and technical information, much of which is not published elsewhere. The patent literature is interdisciplinary and international, encompassing innovations in every field of technology during the last two hundred years. Patents contain solutions to technical problems and engineering challenges. Patents reveal the current state-of-the-art and provide vital information for making informed decisions about new research projects and business opportunities.
Designs improve the look, feel and use of products of all sizes, ranging from as small as a pill to as large as a ship. Designs also help to create brand recognition and loyalty. Many successful companies and product lines are known by their designs and designers.
Key Patent and Design Resources