EPO issues rough estimate of numbers for patent filings in 2014

Monday, February 2, 2015

Last week, the European Patent Office released preliminary figures concerning patent filings in 2014, and the numbers promise us a bright and interesting future! According to the report, EPO received more than 273.110 patent filings in 2014, an increase of around 3% over 2013, and a new all-time high.
The detailed figures will come at the end of February, showing us the state in individual countries and industry sectors, as well as a ranking of companies, but until then here is some interesting preliminary data (just a reminder, EPO base their claims on the number of direct European patent applications added to the number of international-phase PCT applications, whether or not these international applications subsequently enter the European regional phase):
The figures show that last year filings originating from Europe remained stable (+0.3%). There was strong growth from the US (+6.7%), which reinforced its leading position in the country ranking, and very strong growth from China (+16.8%). Korea saw moderate growth (+1.4%), while patent filings from Japan saw a drop (-3.8%).
Commenting on the figures, EPO President Benoît Battistelli said: “These figures are only a first estimate, but they confirm Europe’s continued strength as a hub of innovation. Demand for patents at the EPO is up for the fifth year in a row, reaching a new peak”.
It is certain that 2015 will bring a lot of innovation and, subsequently, patent filings for us to peruse, discuss and admire.
Source: http://www.epo.org/news-issues/news/2015/20150115.html