13 Mar Statistics 2019 of the European Patent Office (EPO) – Top place for Switzerland
The European Patent Office recorded 181,406 European patent applications in 2019, 4% more than in 2018. The podium of the most active sectors was occupied by digital communication, followed by medical technologies and finally IT.
As regards the countries of origin of applications in 2019, the United States leads with 25% of all applications, followed by Germany (15%), Japan (12%), China (7%), France (6%) and Switzerland (5%) on a par with South Korea (5%).
In terms of patent applications originating from EPO member countries, the most significant growth compared to 2018 is accounted for by Sweden +8.0%, followed by the United Kingdom (+6.9%) and Switzerland (+3.6%).
For a more detailed report: https://www.epo.org/news-issues/news/2020/20200312.html