Annual Report 2012

Statistics and trends

Total European patent filings

Developments over 5 years

Patent filings at the EPO grew for a third year in a row in 2012, reaching a new record level. Filing volumes from Europe and the US increased moderately, whereas filings from China, Japan and Korea continued to grow at a fast pace and accounted for almost 60% of the increase in filings between 2011 and 2012.

More filings statistics by country

  • 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

Analysis based on European patent filings (direct European filings under the EPC and international filings under the PCT)

Total European patent filings (JPG)
Breakdown by applicant residence (JPG)
Breakdown by EPO member state (JPG)
Breakdown by non-EPO member state (JPG)

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