Philips moved into the top spot in the list of companies with the most patent applications at the EPO in 2015. Samsung ranked second, followed by LG, Huawei and Siemens. The top 10 was made up of four companies from Europe, three from the US, two from South Korea and one from China.
A breakdown by category of applicants requesting services from the EPO shows that 69% were carried out for large companies, 26% for SMEs and individual inventors, and 5% for universities and public research institutes. This shows that a significant proportion of applicants at the EPO are smaller entities.
|SMEs, individual inventors2|
|Universities and public research|