Welcome to the Annual Report 2012

2012 was another record year at the EPO. Patent filings and grants reached their highest levels ever in our 35-year history. Europe remains a powerhouse of innovation, but Asia is a continent to watch.

Origin of European patent filings*: growth is driven by Asia

  • 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 EPO Statistics
  • EPO 93 359 87 544 92 762 91 967 94 060 +2.3% EPO Statistics
  • JP/CN/KR 56 416 56 750 66 976 77 576 84 996 +9.6% EPO Statistics
  • US 61 193 53 901 60 776 60 137 63 504 +5.6% EPO Statistics

*Direct European filings under the EPC and international filings under the PCT

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Looking back on a year of great achievements

EPO President Benoît Battistelli reviews the highlights and key
figures of the past year.

No more barriers

Our feature article looks at quantum leaps made in access to patent information.

Full steam ahead

A review of some of the key developments and activities of the previous year.

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