Annual Report 2012

Statistics and trends

Granted patents

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Geographic origin of the granted patents

European companies' share of patents granted by the EPO remains stable at around 50%. Grants to Japanese and US companies went up slightly, while the number of European patents obtained by Korean and Chinese companies is still very low, but growing rapidly.

View the grants statistics by country of origin.

Granted patents key trend (GIF)

Analysis based on granted patents published in 2012. Patents have been allocated to the country of residence of the first-named patentee.

Granted patents overview (JPG)
Breakdown by patentee residence (JPG)
Breakdown by EPO member state (JPG)
Breakdown by non-EPO member state (JPG)

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