The. US was the number one country in PCT applications in 2014, and UC/Berkeley was the number one university in filings.
GENEVA — Spurred by the rebound of the economy and strong research results by universities, the United States remained the world’s top inventive country in 2014, accounting for 28.6 percent of all international patent applications, up from 27.9 percent a year earlier, according to a report by a specialized U.N. agency.
The annual report from the World Intellectual Property Organization reported that Japan was the second most inventive country, accounting for 19.7 percent of patents last year, while China, the world’s biggest emerging economy, came in third, with 11.9 percent.
A record, 215,000 international patent applications, up 4.5 percent over 2013, were filed under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty, or PCT, the global agreement that allows inventors and industry to obtain patent protection in multiple countries. That was a 4.5 percent increase over 2013.