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Statistics & Trends Centre

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

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Patent Index 2022

Patent Index 2022 provides a comprehensive overview of the figures representing recent activity in the global patent system. It also offers insights into emerging technology trends.

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    Chief Economist’s studies

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

    Patent Index (previous)

    Our annual statistical summaries from previous years.

    Patent Index 2021Patent Index 2020Patent Index 2019

    2022 in summary

    Patent insight reports

    These landscaping reports focus on emerging technologies where we see rapid growth in patenting. Although they might not yet have a high number of patent applications, these potentially disruptive technologies deserve attention and analysis.

    Patent insight reports

    EPO Data Hub

    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.

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    Clarification on data sources

    What data are included in the Patent Index and other statistical presentations? How, when and why are they revised? How are applicants consolidated for our rankings? We briefly explain.

    Our methodology

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    European patent applications filed with the EPO
    Granted patents
    Data Format File size
    Patent Index 2022 - Granted patents XLS 48 KB
    Granted patents 2013-2022 per country of residence of the applicant XLS 35 KB
    Granted patents 2013-2022 per field of technology XLS 23 KB
    Granted patents per field of technology and per country of residence for each individual year from 2013 until 2022 XLS 138 KB
    Top applicants
    Data Format File size
    Patent Index 2022 - Top applicants XLS 30 KB
    Top 100 applicants 2022 XLS 22 KB
    Top 25 applicants per leading field of technology in 2022 XLS 27 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 2022 XLS 19 KB
    Granted patents 2022 XLS 18 KB
    Top technical fields 2022 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 2022 XLS 36 KB
    Belgium 2022 XLS 37 KB
    Denmark 2022 XLS 35 KB
    Finland 2022 XLS 35 KB
    France 2022 XLS 37 KB
    Germany 2022 XLS 39 KB
    Ireland 2022 XLS 36 KB
    Italy 2022 XLS 37 KB
    Japan 2022 XLS 40 KB
    Netherlands 2022 XLS 37 KB
    Norway 2022 XLS 36 KB
    People's Republic of China 2022 XLS 35 KB
    Poland 2022 XLS 37 KB
    Portugal 2022 XLS 36 KB
    Republic of Korea 2022 XLS 33 KB
    Spain 2022 XLS 37 KB
    Sweden 2022 XLS 37 KB
    Switzerland 2022 XLS 39 KB
    United Kingdom 2022 XLS 37 KB
    United States 2022 XLS 41 KB
    Statistics on the activity at member state offices
    Data Format File size
    National applications in EPC member state offices 2021 XLS 17 KB
    Granted patents by offices of the EPC member states 2021 XLS 16 KB
    Validations of granted European patents in EPC member states 2021 XLS 16 KB
    IP5 statistics

    The IP5 is the forum of the five largest intellectual property offices in the world (CNIPO, EPO, JPO, KIPO, USPTO). In 2022, 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).

    IP5 Statistics Report 2022
    IP5 Statistics Report 2021
    IP5 Statistics Report 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 2022 PDF 3.2 MB
    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