Patent filings at the EPO hit an all-time high

March 2014

On 6 March, the European Patent Office (EPO) reported that patent filings at the EPO had reached an all-time high.  In 2013 the EPO received 266 000 patent filings, compared to 258 000 in 2012. The EPO granted 66 700 European patents, which was 1.6% more than in 2012 (65 600) and the highest number ever. 

 "Demand for patent protection in Europe is up for the fourth consecutive year," said EPO President Benoît Battistelli. "This is proof that companies from around the world continue to see Europe more and more as a premier hub for innovation. The strong position of European companies in patent-intense technologies also underlines the central role these industry sectors play in generating employment and growth in the EU economy."

Europe continues to be a key market for innovation.  You can read more about these statistics here.

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