The United State Patent and Trademark Office recently granted the 10 millionth patent since the numbering and examination system began in 1836. Other numbers are worth noting, as well. Machinery reseller and auction site Kempler Industries crunched the data to figure out that the United States is not in the top spot when it comes to the number of patents issued, Idaho is the best place to apply for a patent, and applicants from abroad are most likely to be granted patents. Here's an infographic which lays out many facts and figures when it comes to people, organizations and companies protecting the right to make, use or sell their inventions.

Published on: Sep 10, 2018
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