The list of largest applicants mirrors the dynamic evolution in the electronics sector, with Samsung, an Asian company, topped the ranking, followed by Siemens and BASF. The top ten includes two other European companies: Robert Bosch and Ericsson. Up by 33 places to 10th, ZTE is the first Chinese company to appear on the list.
1 Based on European patent applications filed with the EPO
Please note: The consolidation process used may lead to some discrepancies with the lists in previous years.