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EPO Statistics 2010

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Number of patent applications in Europe hits all-time high
http://www.lswn.it/en/press_releases/2011/number_of_patent_applications_in_europe_hits_all_time_high

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EPO Statistics 2010

  1. 1. European Patent OfficePress Conference onPatent statistics 2010"Back to growth"Brussels, 13 April 2011 1
  2. 2. Patent filings are back to growthOrigin of filings 2008 2009 2010 Number Number Growth Number Growth Growth on 2008 on 2009 on 2008Germany 33 412 30 501 -9% 33 139 9% -1%France 11 513 11 605 1% 11 692 1% 2%Switzerland 7 100 6 931 -2% 7 874 14% 11%United Kingdom 7 200 6 570 -9% 7 155 9% -1%Netherlands 8 328 7 944 -5% 7 119 -10% -15%Other EPC states 25 780 23 982 -7% 25 574 7% -1% EPC states (total) 93 333 87 533 -6% 92 553 6% -1% EU-27 84 254 78 954 -6% 82 828 5% -2%U.S. 61 209 53 910 -12% 60 588 12% -1%Japan 39 676 38 275 -4% 41 917 10% 6%China 6 490 8 272 27% 12 698 54% 96%Korea 10 251 10 215 0% 12 342 21% 20%Other states 15 012 13 139 -12% 14 931 14% -1%Total 225 971 211 344 -6% 235 029 11% 4% 2
  3. 3. Shares in filing:Europeans leading in their market Others states Germany Korea 6% 14% 5% China 5% France 5% Switzerland 3% United KingdomJapan 3% 18% Netherlands 3% other EPC states 11% U.S. 26% Base 2008: EPC states 39% (- 2%) EU-27 35% (- 2%) U.S. 26% ( -- ) Japan-China-Korea 28% (+2%) 3
  4. 4. European companies top the list of largest applicants 2135 1 - SIEMENS 1765 2 - PHILIPS 1707 3 - BASF 1691 4 - SAMSUNG 1682 5 - QUALCOMM 1400 6 - PANASONIC 1400 7 - ROBERT BOSCH 1286 8 - SONY 1263 9 - LG 1123 10 - BAYER 1096 11 - MITSUBISHI 1095 12 - ERICSSON 1084 13 - GENERAL ELECTRIC 907 14 - RESEARCH IN MOTION 811 15 - HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE 773 16 - ALCATEL 741 17 - HITACHI 730 18 - HUAWEI 710 19 - 3M 709 20 - JOHNSON & JOHNSON 688 21 - EADS 653 22 - CANON 651 23 - TOYOTA MOTOR 642 24 - FUJITSU 642 25 - HONEYWELL 638 26 - SUMITOMO 630 27 - NOVARTIS 610 28 - BSH 568 29 - DUPONT 548 30 - NXP 538 31 - SHARP 514 37 - ABB 510 32 - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES 507 33 - SANOFI-AVENTIS 504 33 - FUJIFILM 502 35 - TOSHIBA 492 36 - HONDA 489 38 - MICROSOFT 465 38 - NOKIA 461 40 - DSM IP 460 41 - TECHNICOLOR 444 42 - UNILEVER 415 43 - TYCO HEALTHCARE 393 44 - ABBOTT 384 45 - NEC 383 46 - NESTEC 382 47 - MEDTRONIC 373 48 - CONTINENTAL 365 49 - COMMISSARIAT À LENERGIE ATOMIQUE 364 50 - PROCTER(Patent applications before the EPO) 4
  5. 5. Electronics companies top the list of European applicants 2135 SIEMENS (1) 1765 PHILIPS (2) 1707 BASF (3) 1400 ROBERT BOSCH (7) 1123 BAYER (10) 1095 ERICSSON (12) 811 HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE (15) 773 ALCATEL (16) 688 EADS (21) 630 NOVARTIS (27) 610 BSH (28) 548 NXP (30) 514 ABB (37) 507 SANOFI-AVENTIS (33) 465 NOKIA (38) 461 DSM IP (40) 460 TECHNICOLOR (41) 444 UNILEVER (42) 383 NESTEC (46) 373 CONTINENTAL (48)(Patent applications before the EPO) 5
  6. 6. Medical technology leads,Biotechnology advances mostFIELD OF 2008 2009 2010TECHNOLOGY Number Number Growth on Number Growth Growth 2008 on 2009 on 2008Medical technology 9716 9893 1,8% 10479 5,9% 7,9%Computer technology 9198 8013 -12,9% 8257 3,0% -10,2%Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 8121 7782 -4,2% 8241 5,9% 1,5%Digital communication 6362 7151 12,4% 7951 11,2% 25,0%Biotechnology 5 583 5 214 -6,6% 7 435 42,6% 33,2%Organic fine chemistry 7 480 7 046 -5,8% 7 269 3,2% -2,8%Pharmaceuticals 6 149 5 546 -9,8% 6 654 20,0% 8,2%Measurement 6912 6026 -12,8% 6239 3,5% -9,7%Transport 6823 6018 -11,8% 5869 -2,5% -14,0%Telecommunications 7253 5615 -22,6% 5687 1,3% -21,6%Other fields 72 668 66 253 -8,8% 76 880 16,0% 5,8%Total 146265 134557 -8,0% 150961 12,2% 3,2%(Patent applications before the EPO) 6

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