The review includes the EPO’s key operational results for 2019, and detailed reports on specific areas such as quality, environmental sustainability, social aspects, engagement and IT.
What are patents and why do we need them? And how does the patent system encourage the innovation now urgently needed in diagnostics, detection, vaccines and treatments?
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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.
Press release Annual Review 2019
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