In the face of multiple global challenges, Europe now
more than ever needs a patent office that supports innovation aimed at making
our world a safer, smarter and more sustainable place. The EPO is committed to
planning for future volumes of filing activity, including those relating to new
emerging technologies, and to learning about the challenges our users face, so
that we can continue to deliver high-quality products in a timely manner. At
the same time, we are fully aware that increased uncertainty makes planning
difficult - for both ourselves and our users - so we want to make it as easy as
possible for you to take part in this survey, while maintaining the quality of
Objectives of this year's survey
- As in
previous years, we are interested in the number of patent applications that companies
plan to file over the next three years. We will use these predictions to allocate
resources, in particular the budget and manpower required to ensure a high level
of service when processing future filings.
- We have also included
questions which will allow us to study the impact of the COVID-19
pandemic on filing and patent strategies.
but not least, we will be inviting participants to share their thoughts on new
- The field
investigation for this year's survey will start in September 2021. As in
previous years, an external contractor, BERENT Deutschland GmbH, will be in
charge of running the survey, under the EPO's supervision.
- The survey will be conducted on two main groups
of applicants: a "Biggest" group (around 1 000 of the most
active applicants) and a "Random" group (around 4 000 randomly
If you would like to take part in the
survey, please contact BERENT direct or write to Bettina Reichl at firstname.lastname@example.org.