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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