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EPO receives a record 273 000 patent filings in 2014, up by around 3%

15 January 2015

The European Patent Office (EPO) received more than 273 110 patent filings in 2014, an increase of around 3% over 2013, and a new all-time high.

"These figures are only a first estimate, but they confirm Europe's continued strength as a hub of innovation," said EPO President Benoît Battistelli (photo). "Demand for patents at the EPO is up for the fifth year in a row, reaching a new peak," he said.

Preliminary data show that last year filings originating from Europe remained stable (+0.3%). There was strong growth from the US (+6.7%), which reinforced its leading position in the country ranking, and very strong growth from China (+16.8%). Korea saw moderate growth (+1.4%), while patent filings from Japan saw a drop (-3.8%).

Note to editors:

These are preliminary figures. The EPO will publish detailed figures on individual countries and industry sectors, as well as a ranking of companies, on 26 February 2015.

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