Annual report 2013

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

European companies filed the greatest number of applications in nine of the ten most active fields, the only exception being Computer technology, where Asian and US applicants were dominant. Medical technology was again the field with the highest volume of applications, even growing slightly. Computer technology, Transport and Electrical machinery grew the fastest, while applications in Pharmaceuticals dropped significantly after a slight increase in 2012. For the second year in a row, applications decreased in Organic fine chemistry and Biotechnology.

Technical fields1 with the most applications (2013)2

Technical fields 2013 (JPG)

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

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European patent applications 2004-2013 per country of residence of the applicant

European patent applications 2004-2013 per field of technology

European patent applications per field of technology and per country of residence of the applicant for each individual year from 2004 until 2013

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