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We provide financial support for rigorous research projects that set out to produce empirical evidence with relevant implications for policymakers and business in Europe.


Patent statistics

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Use our new statistics and trends centre for interactive charts and graphs or access reports and downloads below.

Patent Index 2020

Patent Index 2020 key visual

Patent Index 2020 provides a comprehensive overview of the figures representing recent activity in the global patent system. It also offers insights into emerging technology trends.

EPO Data Hub

EPO Data Hub key visual

A mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. EPO Data Hub complements the Patent Index, allowing users to explore patenting trends.

2020 in summary

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View the headline figures of 2020:

Chief Economist’s studies

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Read the latest studies explaining the impact of current technology trends and the links between patents and economic activity.

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European patent applications filed with the EPO

Granted patents

Top applicants

Data Format File size
Patent Index 2020 - Top applicants XLS 24 KB
Top 100 applicants 2020 XLS 14 KB
Top 25 applicants per leading field of technology in 2020 XLS 22 KB

Please note that the consolidation process used may lead to some discrepancies with the lists in previous years.

Top 10 countries

Data Format File size
Applications 2020 XLS 12 KB
Granted patents 2020 XLS 11 KB
Top technical fields 2020 XLS 16 KB

Key data for selected countries

The files below provide an overview of key data on selected countries.

Data Format File size
Austria 2020 XLS 28 KB
Belgium 2020 XLS 28 KB
Denmark 2020 XLS 28 KB
Finland 2020 XLS 28 KB
France 2020 XLS 30 KB
Germany 2020 XLS 30 KB
Ireland 2020 XLS 28 KB
Italy 2020 XLS 29 KB
Japan 2020 XLS 25 KB
Netherlands 2020 XLS 29 KB
Norway 2020 XLS 28 KB
People's Republic of China 2020 XLS 26 KB
Poland 2020 XLS 29 KB
Portugal 2020 XLS 28 KB
Republic of Korea 2020 XLS 25 KB
Spain 2020 XLS 30 KB
Sweden 2020 XLS 29 KB
Switzerland 2020 XLS 31 KB
United Kingdom 2020 XLS 30 KB
United States 2020 XLS 26 KB

Statistics on the activity at member state offices

IP5 statistics

The IP5 is the forum of the five largest intellectual property offices in the world (CNIPO, EPO, JPO, KIPO, USPTO). In 2020, 2.7 million patent applications were filed at the IP5 Offices and together the IP5 Offices granted 1.25 million patents.

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