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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.
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