Annual report 2014

Key trends and detailed statistics, a report on the Office's strategy and activities, plus a video message from Benoît Battistelli

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European patent applications filed with the EPO

Medical technology was again the field with the highest volume of applications, even growing moderately. Biotechnology, Electrical machinery and Computer technology grew the fastest, while applications in Pharmaceuticals dropped significantly for the second year in a row.

European companies filed the greatest number of applications in nine of the ten most active fields, the only exception being computer technology, where US applicants were dominant.

Technical fields1 with the most applications (2014)2

Technical fields 2014

1 Based on the WIPO IPC-Technology concordance as revised in January 2013.
2 Direct European applications and International (PCT) applications entering the European phase


More detailed data as Excel sheets

European patent applications 2005-2014 per country of residence of the applicant (XLS, 29 KB)

European patent applications 2005-2014 per field of technology (XLS, 12 KB)

European patent applications per field of technology and per country of residence of the applicant for each individual year from 2005 until 2014 (XLS, 108 KB)

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