Annual Report 2012

Statistics and trends

European patent applications filed with the EPO

Technical fields with impressive growth rates

Medical technology was once again the field with the highest volume of applications, but some areas, such as digital communication (+20.4%) and electrical machinery (+11.4%) had impressive double-digit growth rates, and transport technology also grew markedly over 2011. From the full list of the technical fields it emerges that in organic fine chemistry (-6.9%), biotechnology (-4.3%) and pharmaceuticals (-0.2%) there were fewer applications than in the previous year.

Full list of the technical fields

European patent applications key trend (GIF)

Analysis based on European patent applications filed with the EPO (Direct European applications and International (PCT) applications entering the European phase)

Total European patent applications (JPG)
Breakdown by EPO member state (JPG)
Breakdown by non-EPO member state (JPG)
Breakdown by technical field (JPG)

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