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Statistics and trends

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

Patent Index 2021

Patent Index 2020 key visual

Patent Index 2021 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

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A free mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. EPO Data Hub complements the Patent Index, allowing users to explore patenting trends. An update for 2021 data is now available.

2021 in summary

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View the headline figures of 2021:

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 2021 - Top applicants XLS 30 KB
Top 100 applicants 2021 XLS 21 KB
Top 25 applicants per leading field of technology in 2021 XLS 29 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 2021 XLS 18 KB
Granted patents 2021 XLS 18 KB
Top technical fields 2021 XLS 23 KB

Key data for selected countries

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

Data Format File size
Austria 2021 XLS 37 KB
Belgium 2021 XLS 37 KB
Denmark 2021 XLS 35 KB
Finland 2021 XLS 37 KB
France 2021 XLS 39 KB
Germany 2021 XLS 30 KB
Ireland 2021 XLS 35 KB
Italy 2021 XLS 37 KB
Japan 2021 XLS 41 KB
Netherlands 2021 XLS 38 KB
Norway 2021 XLS 36 KB
People's Republic of China 2021 XLS 34 KB
Poland 2021 XLS 37 KB
Portugal 2021 XLS 36 KB
Republic of Korea 2021 XLS 31 KB
Spain 2021 XLS 37 KB
Sweden 2021 XLS 37 KB
Switzerland 2021 XLS 38 KB
United Kingdom 2021 XLS 37 KB
United States 2021 XLS 40 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 2021, 2.9 million patent applications were filed at the IP5 Offices and together they granted 1.5 million patents (up from 2.8 million and 1.3 million respectively in 2020).

Statistics reported to the Administrative Council (CA/F 5)

Document CA/F 5 is published annually for the Administrative Council around mid-November. It summarises the statistics of the previous calendar year with respect to applications, grants, national validations and maintenance of European patents, as well as statistics on opposition procedures. Statistics for appeals can be found in the Annual Reports of the Boards of Appeal.

Data Format File size
Statistics 2021 PDF 1.1 MB
Statistics 2020 PDF 6.3 MB
Statistics 2019 PDF 5 MB
Statistics 2018 PDF 1.1 MB
Statistics 2017 PDF 1.6 MB
Statistics 2016 PDF 1.8 MB

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