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EPO Receives a Record 273 000 Patent Filings in 2014, Up by Around 3%

19-Jan-2015 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 4838
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MUNICH – The European Patent Office (EPO) received more than 273 110 patent filings in 2014, an increase of around 3% over 2013, and a new all-time high.
 
"These figures are only a first estimate, but they confirm Europe's continued strength as a hub of innovation," said EPO President Benoît Battistelli. "Demand for patents at the EPO is up for the fifth year in a row, reaching a new peak," he said.
 
Preliminary data show that last year filings originating from Europe remained stable (+0.3%). There was strong growth from the US (+6.7%), which reinforced its leading position in the country ranking, and very strong growth from China (+16.8%). Korea saw moderate growth (+1.4%), while patent filings from Japan saw a drop (-3.8%).
 
These are preliminary figures. The EPO will publish detailed figures on individual countries and industry sectors, as well as a ranking of companies, on 26 February 2015.
 
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