Large companies file nearly three out of four EP applications
In 2019, 72% of all applications at the European Patent Office (EPO) were filed by large companies.
10% of all applications were filed by universities and public research organisations while 18% were filed by small and medium-sized enterprises and individual inventors.
Since 2014, the number of applications filed by large enterprises has grown from 65% to 72% with Huawei, Samsung and LG being the top 3 in 2019.
Read more in the EPO’s annual report Patent Index 2019 here:
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