In all these countries, a positive correlation exists between the number of granted patents and the local wealth. Apparently inventing and protecting is not only good for the patent stakeholders, also good for the economy at large.
Good to consider when arguing against the patent system.
I wish you all happy inventing,
Hendrik de Lange
Dutch and European patent attorney
 WIPO IP Statistics Data Centre: http://ipstats.wipo.int/ipstatv2/index.htm
 Gapminder: https://www.gapminder.org/data/