Annual Review 2020

Granted patents

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Total grants

This graph shows the geographic origin of the patents granted by the EPO1 based on the country of residence of the first patentee listed on the published patent2.

Development of European patents granted over the last 5 years with regional breakdown
Development of European patents granted over the last 10 years with regional breakdown
Source: EPO.
Status: 1.2.2021.
1 The analysis is based on published patents granted by the EPO.
2 The geographic origin is based on the country of residence of the first patentee listed on the published patent. In cases where several patentees are mentioned on the published patent, the country of residence of the first patentee listed applies.
3 EPO states: the 38 member states of the European Patent Organisation, which includes the 27 states of the EU.

Granted patents per country of origin

This graph shows the geographic origin of the patents granted by the EPO1 based on the country of residence of the first patentee listed on the published patent2.

Share of granted patents per country of origin in 2020
Source: EPO.
Status: 1.2.2021.
1 The analysis is based on published patents granted by the EPO.
2 In cases where several patentees are mentioned on the published patent, the country of residence of the first patentee listed applies.
3 EPO states: the 38 member states of the European Patent Organisation, which included the 27 states of the EU.

Designations as contracting states

This analysis1 shows the number of designations for each of the EPO states.

Country of residence of the patentee3 Patents1 Rate2
AL Albania 124 730 93.3%
AT Austria 132 650 99.2%
BE Belgium 132 664 99.2%
BG Bulgaria 132 503 99.1%
CH Switzerland 132 672 99.2%
CY Cyprus 132 624 99.2%
CZ Czech Republic 132 509 99.1%
DE Germany 133 535 99.9%
DK Denmark 132 644 99.2%
EE Estonia 132 502 99.1%
ES Spain 132 774 99.3%
FI Finland 132 662 99.2%
FR France 133 454 99.8%
GB United Kingdom 132 907 99.4%
GR Greece 132 631 99.2%
HR Croatia 129 768 97.1%
HU Hungary 132 451 99.1%
IE Ireland 132 616 99.2%
IS Iceland 131 984 98.7%
IT Italy 132 978 99.5%
LI Liechtenstein 132 672 99.2%
LT Lithuania 131 948 98.7%
LU Luxembourg 132 630 99.2%
LV Latvia 131 702 98.5%
MC Monaco 132 625 99.2%
MK North Macedonia, Republic of 128 171 95.9%
MT Malta 130 627 97.7%
NL Netherlands 132 773 99.3%
NO Norway 129 773 97.1%
PL Poland 132 222 98.9%
PT Portugal 132 634 99.2%
RO Romania 132 420 99.0%
RS Serbia 123 263 92.2%
SE Sweden 132 706 99.2%
SI Slovenia 132 454 99.1%
SK Slovakia 132 503 99.1%
SM San Marino 127 103 95.1%
TR Turkey 132 624 99.2%
Total 5 004 108  
Source: EPO.
Status: 1.2.2021.
1 The analysis is based on published patents granted by the EPO.
2 The rate indicates the share of the patents designating the country in % of the total number of granted patents in the year 2020.
3 In cases where several patentees are mentioned on the published patent, the country of residence of the first patentee listed applies.

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