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The EPO received more than 181 000 applications last year, an increase of 4% over 2018. Growth was driven by a surge in patent filings in digital technologies.
A new EPO study shows that Europe’s SMEs rely on European patents to protect their high-potential inventions, and that two thirds of these inventions are commercially exploited.
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European patent applications for digital technologies on the rise