The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has led to an urgent search for vaccines, treatments and technologies that can counter the spread of disease and save lives. The technical information published in patents advances human knowledge, helping researchers everywhere to understand the latest inventions.
EPO patent examiners and data analysts have compiled 276 datasets to support the important work of clinicians, scientists and engineers. Arranged into four broad themes, our charts show which countries have the most patent filings and which applicants and inventors are most prolific in the relevant fields.
Researchers are at the forefront of the fight in developing new vaccines, therapies and devices. Seven inspirational inventors have shared their stories with us, so watch their videos to learn more about the problems they are solving.