The EPO received nearly 166 000 patent applications in 2017, an increase of +3.9% and an all-time high.
European patent applications related to smart connected objects grew by 54% in the past three years.
Exceptional inventors from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, Spain, and the US receive European Inventor Award 2017 at ceremony in Venice.
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