Record number of European Patents granted in 2015

18 April 2016

The European Patent Office’s annual report gives industry professionals the latest facts, figures and statistics on European patents. And the 2015 report has just been released – so it was interesting to read about changes, highlights within the industry and trends emerging.

For 2015, the Annual Report has reported that nearly 279,000 European patent applications (including designations of EP in PCT patent applications) were filed last year, representing an increase of 1.6% on the figure reported for 2014.

In addition to this, more than 160,000 requests for grant of European patents (including entry into EP regional phases of PCT applications) were filed in 2015, representing an increase of 4.8% on 2014. Striking rises came from US and Chinese applicants, whose requests for grant of European patents rose 16.4% and 22.2% respectively, compared with 2014.

Of these applications, more than 68,000 European patents were granted in 2015 – representing an increase of nearly 6% in 2014 and the highest total for any single year since the opening of the European Patent Office, (which was in 1977).

The rise in not only the number of European patent applications being submitted, but the number of European patents being granted last year highlights two things – firstly, the rise in awareness of the importance of protecting a company’s investment in innovation, and also the development and improvements in streamlining global IP to better support creativity and innovation within business.

For more details and to see the full report, please visit: www.epo.org/about-us/annual-reports-statistics/annual-report/2015.html.

David O'Connell

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