The EPO: Healthcare innovation main driver of European patent applications in 2020

European Patent Office (EPO)

  • Steady demand for patent protection at the EPO despite pandemic
  • Data shows stark contrasts among technologies and countries of origin
  • Healthcare inventions on the rise, transport sector decreases
  • Strong growth from China and South Korea; European, Japanese and US inventors file fewer patent applications
  • Samsung, Huawei and LG top the applicant ranking
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Latest update 16.03.2021