The list of largest applicants mirrors the dynamic evolution in the electronics sector. With Samsung, an Asian company is topping the ranking, followed by Siemens and BASF. The ranking of the largest applicants lists Robert Bosch and Ericsson as further European companies among the top ten. Advancing by 33 positions in comparison with 2011, ZTE is the first Chinese company to enter this list in 10th position.
Ranking of the largest applicants
Analysis based on European patent applications filed with the EPO (Direct European applications and International (PCT) applications entering the European phase)