Unpacked: the patent filings 2013 at the European Patent Office (EPO)

27 March 2014

Patent filings at the EPO grew by 2.8% in 2013 and hit another all-time high. The EPO received 266,000 patent filings, compared to 258,000 in 2012. The EPO granted 66,700 European patents, which was 1.6% more than in 2012 (65,600) and the highest number ever. Nearly two-thirds of patent filings came from outside Europe.
The most active countries were the US (24% of the total), Japan (20%), Germany (12%), China (8%), South Korea (6%), France (5%) and the Netherlands (3%). Samsung was again the top applicant. Five European companies can be found in the top ten: Siemens (2nd), Philips (3rd), BASF (5th), Robert Bosch (6th) and Ericsson (10th) (Press Release EPO, 6 March 2014).
Click here for the press release, including background information.
The European patent register holds 1,487 patents with search term packaging material (search done by NVC on March 18th, 2014).
Click here for the European patent register with search term packaging material.

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