Thursday, April 6 2023   \  Published by EPO.

Innovation stays strong: patent applications in Europe continue to grow in 2022

Innovation stays strong: patent applications in Europe continue to grow in 2022

The European Patent Office (EPO) received 193 460 applications in 2022, an increase of 2.5% on the previous year and a new record. The EPO's Patent Index 2022, published today, shows that patent filings continued to grow last year, after an increase of 4.7% in 2021 that followed a small dip (-0.6%) in 2020.

The rising number of patent applications - an early indicator of companies' investments in research and development - underlines that innovation remained robust last year despite economic uncertainties around the globe.

"When it comes to the promise of green innovation, there has been solid, sustained growth in filings related to clean technologies and other means that create, transfer and store electricity," said EPO President António Campinos. "It's this ongoing boom that is navigating the energy transition. Innovators are also working towards a smarter future, as the fourth industrial revolution takes hold of our lives, sectors and industries - and spreads far into other areas from transport to healthcare. We can see this in the relentless growth in patent applications in digital technologies and semiconductors." Read more

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