PATENT FILINGS AT EPO REVEAL NEW HIGH IN 2013

EPOThe European Patent Office (EPO) received more than 265,000 patent filings in 2013. This is a 2.8% increase over 2012 (257,700 filings), and a new all-time high. Last year, after a high-quality search and examination process, the EPO granted and published 66,700 patents, which was 1.7% more than in 2012 (65,600).

Last year, 93 600 filings (35.3% of the total; growth of +/-0% over 2012) at the EPO originated from its 38 member states, followed by the US (64 800 filings; 24.5% of the total; +2%), Japan (52 300; 19.7%; +1.2%), China (22 200 filings; 8.4%; +18%) and South Korea (16 900 filings; 6.4%; +16.6%).

In Europe, Germany remains the top country of origin of patent filings at the EPO (32 000; 12.1% of total filings; -6.3% over 2012), followed by France (12 200; 4.6%; +/-0%), Switzerland (8 000; 3%; -2.2%), the Netherlands (7 600; 2.9%; +18%), UK (6 500; 2.5%; -2.9%) and Sweden (5 000; 1.9%; +7.7%).

The EPO will publish detailed figures on individual countries and sectors, as well as a ranking of companies, on 6 March 2014.

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