In 2012, the EPO received a total of 257,744 patent filings from all over the world, which represents a 5.2 percent increase over the prior year. The office also published 65,687 granted patents, which is 5.8 percent more than in 2011.
Below are a few additional key findings from the EPO’s 2012 Annual Report:
• Overall, 6.5 percent of all filings came from the 38 EPO member states.
• The top five countries in 2012 were the US (24.6%), Japan (20.1%), Germany (13.3%), China (7.3%), and Korea (5.6%).
• The steepest growth rates came from Chinese (+11.1%), Korean (+9.3%) and Japanese (+9.1%) companies. Accordingly, Asian countries accounted for more than half of total growth.
• The medical technology industry filed the most applications. The sector was dominated by US applicants (42%), followed by Europe with 38%.
• Filings in digital communication were up by more than 20%, by far the highest growth rate of all technologies.
• The top ten patent applicants included four European companies, four companies from Asia, and two from the US. For the first time, however, the ranking was topped by an Asian company, Samsung, followed by Siemens and BASF.
• The most patents (49.7%) were granted to European companies, whose total of 32,628 was more than the grants to US (14,605) and Chinese, Korean and Japanese firms (15,509) taken together.
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