This ranking shows the largest applicants1 at the EPO, indicating their country of origin2.
This ranking shows the largest applicants1 at the EPO (first-named applicant principle). It indicates the total number of European applications filed with the EPO for each and the split between direct European applications (Direct) and international (PCT) applications that entered the European phase (PCT regional) during the reporting period.
A breakdown by category of applicants requesting services from the EPO shows that 69% of them were large companies, 24% were SMEs and individual inventors, and 7% were universities and public research institutes. This shows that a significant proportion of applicants at the EPO are smaller entities.
|SMEs², individual inventors||24%||28%|
|Universities and public research||7%||6%|