The European Patent Office (EPO) received over 273,000 patent filings last year, an increase of 3% from 2013, and the highest recorded numbers in the organizations history. Please note that these are still rough figures, as the final report will be published on both individual countries and industry sectors on February 26, 2015.
Preliminary figures show that patent filing growth was seen from numerous countries including the United States of America (up 6.7%), China (up 16.8%), South Korea (up 1.4%), while a slight drop was seen from Japan (down 3.8%).
EPO President Benoit Battistelli explained on the initial numbers, « These figures are only a first estimate, but they confirm Europe’s continued strength as a hub of innovation. Demand for patents at the EPO is up for the fifth year in a row, reaching a new peak. »
We, for one, are looking forward to the final report, and will be sure to share the results once published in late February. As always, feel free to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP or on our LinkedIn page.