2016 a good year for UK companies and researchers at the European Patent Office

  • Upward pattern for UK corporations and inventors in each European patent functions filed and European patents granted
  • Patents granted to UK candidates up 40%, strongest development in ten years
  • Rolls Royce remained prime UK patent applicant on the EPO
  • Transport most essential know-how area
  • Medical know-how, Laptop know-how, and Chemistry drove development in patent functions
  • East of England and South East England with best enhance in patent functions

Brussels/Munich, 7 March 2017 – UK companies filed 5 142 patent functions with the European Patent Workplace (EPO) in 2016, a rise of +1.Eight% and the best quantity since 2010. The UK thus bucked the pattern of barely lowering patent functions from EU nations (Fig.: Development of UK patent functions on the EPO). Final yr, British corporations and inventors had been granted 2 931 patents[1] by the EPO (2015: 2 094) – the best enhance in ten years and a brand new document variety of granted European patents. (Fig.: Development of patents granted by the EPO to UK candidates)

General, the European Patent Workplace acquired almost 160 000 European patent functions in 2016, on par with the height reached the yr earlier than (Fig.: Development of European patent functions). There was sturdy development once more in functions from China (+24.Eight%) and from South Korea (+6.5%), a lower in functions from the US (-5.9%) and Japan (-1.9%), while the amount of patent functions originating from the 38 member states of the European Patent Organisation remained virtually secure final yr (-Zero.2%). The highest 5 nations of origin of functions had been the US, Germany, Japan, France and Switzerland. The UK ranked ninth. (Fig.: Origin of functions)

“The 2016 outcomes verify Europe’s attractiveness as a number one international market for innovation,” stated EPO President Benoît Battistelli. “In a quickly altering political and financial panorama, corporations from around the globe have saved up their demand for patent safety in Europe. Whereas we see spectacular development in functions from Asia, European corporations keep their function as drivers of innovation and financial development of their dwelling market, and are proving their resilience additionally within the face of unsettled financial situations.”

Rolls Royce No.1 UK patent applicant for the second consecutive yr
With 372 functions, Rolls Royce was the UK’s most lively patent applicant on the EPO, adopted by Unilever (237 functions), British Telecom (177), and BAE Programs (149). Oxford College was the best ranked tutorial establishment, climbing from 15th place in 2015 to 12th with 57 patent functions. (Fig. Prime UK candidates on the EPO in 2016)

Transport and Medical know-how most essential UK know-how fields
Transport, the place many patent functions from the automotive, aeronautics and rail sectors are filed, was the UK’s major know-how area with the best variety of patent functions for the second consecutive yr, with a share of seven% of complete UK functions on the EPO. The second most essential area was Medical Expertise, which elevated its share of all UK functions from 5% within the earlier yr to 7% in 2016, adopted by Measurement and Laptop Expertise, each fields with a 6% share. Inside the ten most essential know-how fields, functions from the UK grew strongest in Fundamental Supplies Chemistry (+24.5%), Medical know-how (+22.four%), Biotechnology (20.9%) and Laptop know-how (+17%).

East of England and South East England with strongest regional development
Higher London leads the regional rating with a 30.2% share of all UK patent functions on the EPO (down from 31.Eight% within the earlier yr). (Fig: Main UK areas for European patent functions) Higher London was additionally ninth European area for European patent functions. (Fig: Main European areas for patent functions on the EPO). It was adopted by East of England (11.7% share in 2016, up from 10.7% within the earlier yr), and South East England (11.2% share, up from 10.four%). These two areas additionally recorded the strongest development amongst all UK areas (East of England +11.2%, and South East England +10.Eight%).

Various exercise throughout Europe
Amongst European nations there have been marked variations in patenting exercise on the EPO in 2016. Among the many bigger economies with larger patent software volumes, Belgium led the board, posting development of seven% over 2015. Moreover the UK, Italy (+four.5%), Austria (+2.6%), Spain (+2.6%), Switzerland (+2.5%) and Germany (+1.1%) additionally confirmed will increase. Patent functions from France (-2.5%) and the Netherlands (-Three.6%) dropped. The EPO additionally acquired fewer patent functions from among the Nordic states, specifically Finland (-Eight.Eight%), Sweden (-7.four%), and Denmark (-2.Eight%). (Fig.: Prime 50 nations for functions)

Most patents filed in medical know-how
Medical know-how remained the sector with the best variety of patent functions on the EPO (regardless of a slight drop of -2.1% in 2016), once more adopted by Digital communication and Laptop know-how. (Fig.: Technical fields with most functions). The strongest development (of the highest ten fields) was in Electrical equipment/equipment/vitality (+5.1%), adopted by Transport (+Three.6%) and Laptop know-how (+2.9%).

Philips heads EPO firm rating
Philips filed probably the most patent functions on the EPO in 2016, the second yr operating. Huawei was the brand new No. 2 (shifting up from 11th in simply three years), adopted by Samsung, LG and United Applied sciences. The highest 10 was made up of 4 corporations from Europe, three from the US, two from Korea and one from China. (Fig.: Prime 10 candidates in 2016)

For detailed statistics, and a report on actions in 2016, see the EPO’s annual report at: www.epo.org/annual-report2016

[1] Patents are granted by the EPO after an in depth examination strategy of the patent software guaranteeing it fulfils all the necessities of patent safety.

In regards to the EPO
With greater than 7 000 workers, the European Patent Workplace (EPO) is among the largest public service establishments in Europe. Its headquarters are in Munich and it additionally has places of work in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna. The EPO was based with the purpose of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe. By way of the EPO’s centralised patent granting process, inventors are in a position to receive high-quality patent safety within the 38 member states of the European Patent Organisation. The EPO can be the world’s main authority in patent info and patent looking.

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