Healthcare innovation main driver of European patent applications in 2020

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European Patent Office:  

  • Steady demand for patent protection at the EPO despite pandemic
  • Data shows stark contrasts among technologies and countries of origin
  • Healthcare inventions on the rise, transport sector decreases
  • Strong growth from China and South Korea; European, Japanese and US inventors file fewer patent applications
  • Samsung, Huawei and LG top the applicant ranking

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With 6 400 staff, the European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Headquartered in Munich with offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna, the EPO was founded with the aim of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe. Through the EPO's centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market of some 700 million people. The EPO is also the world's leading authority in patent information and patent searching.