EPO receives a record 273 000 patent filings in 2014, up by around 3%

According to preliminary figures from EPO , The European Patent Office (EPO) received more than 273 110 patent filings in 2014, an increase of around 3% over 2013, and a new all-time high.

Preliminary data 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%).

Prepared by European Patent Registration and Consulting Services GmbH