Welcome to the Annual Report 2018


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2018: a year of growth

The EPO responded to a growing demand for patent protection, invested in knowledge transfer and a modern working environment, fostered the public debate on digital technologies and stepped up cooperation with partners around the globe.

Insights 2018

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Interview with EPO President António Campinos

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Spotlight on patents in digital technologies

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Investing in a modern working environment

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Supporting innovation through cooperation

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Sharing knowledge and expertise

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Growing demand at EPO

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Top technology fields

Medical technology +5.0%
Digital communication +0.7%
Computer technology +3.3%

Top applicants

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High performance maintained

Production +3.9%
Search, Examination, Opposition
Granted patents +20.8%
Stock -31%
Patent granting process

Origin of applications

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Key figures video

Get an overview on the key figures in this year.

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The EPO at a glance

As the Patent Office for Europe, we support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe through a commitment to high quality and efficient services delivered under the European Patent Convention.

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