Data Visualization -Patents by Country


This summer I took a Data Visualization course offered by Coursera and taught by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. One of the weekly assignments was to tell a story using a bubble chart and interesting data within Excel.

Japan has the largest number and percentage of U.S. patents by quite a wide margin when compared to the other countries.

I chose to work with U.S. Patents by country in 2014. I chose this data set as a starting point since innovation is often measured by the number of patents granted. The data is a subset of what can be found at I plotted the data using Microsoft Excel though next time I want to use open source software.

I chose to include data from countries having more than 2,500 U.S. patents. I also did not list the U.S. in the countries since this data would obscure how the rest of the world compares. Note there were 144,000 U.S. patents granted in 2014, more than twice that of Japan. In my visualization, I used each country’s flag to make the visualization more appealing.

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