Five nations accounted for nearly half of all scientific activity around the world as well as the great majority of patents issued during the three years to 2017.
According to the latest World Intellectual Property Report, China, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States were the dominant countries.
Published by the World Intellectual Property Organization or WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Report is a biennial publication that examines the worldwide creation and flows of knowledge.
This year’s edition has a special focus on innovation networks and global ‘hotspots’, to build on themes that were identified in WIPO’s Global Innovation Index published earlier this year. (See also this recent analysis by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.)