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2016-08-16

Top Countries in Publication of Patents in All Fields of Science and Technology in EPO in 2015

According to StatNano, a sum total of 211057 patents have been published in European Patent Office (EPO) in 2015, among which about one-fourth belongs to the United States of America. Germany, Japan, and France possess the next ranks in 2015.

     According to statistical evaluation, a number of 211057 patents have been published in all fields of science and technology in EPO in 2015, which is about one-third of all patents published in United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Among these patents, 69528 are granted patents and 141529 are published patent applications. The top 10 countries in the publication of patents possess more than 85% of all patents published in EPO. A number of 107 countries possess at least one published patent application in EPO in 2015 while 81 countries possess at least one granted patent. This fact is a proof of the importance of Europe after the United States to various countries in the field of technology and market. The following table lists the top 50 countries in the publication of patents in EPO.

 

Rank

Country

Granted Patents

Share (%)

Rank

Country

Published Patent Applications

Share (%)

1

USA

15428

21.89

1

USA

37205

26.07

2

Germany

14737

20.91

2

Germany

22857

16.01

3

Japan

10776

15.29

3

Japan

21564

15.11

4

France

5614

7.96

4

France

9950

6.97

5

Switzerland

3403

4.83

5

South Korea

6206

4.35

6

Italy

2572

3.65

6

Switzerland

5680

3.98

7

UK

2259

3.20

7

China

5570

3.88

8

Netherlands

2247

3.19

8

UK

4627

3.24

9

South Korea

2013

2.86

9

Netherlands

4295

3.01

10

Sweden

1985

2.82

10

Sweden

3908

2.74

11

China

1490

2.08

11

Italy

3643

2.55

12

Austria

1087

1.54

12

Finland

2016

1.41

13

Belgium

914

1.30

13

Austria

1823

1.28

14

Canada

791

1.12

14

Canada

1666

1.17

15

Finland

760

1.08

15

Belgium

1530

1.07

16

Denmark

744

1.06

16

Denmark

1384

0.97

17

Spain

565

0.80

17

Spain

1380

0.97

18

Taiwan

445

0.63

18

Taiwan

1175

0.82

19

Australia

339

0.48

19

Australia

796

0.56

20

Ireland

279

0.40

20

India

533

0.37

21

Norway

264

0.37

21

Norway

520

0.36

22

Luxembourg

222

0.31

22

Ireland

468

0.33

23

Turkey

220

0.31

23

Turkey

415

0.29

24

India

189

0.27

24

Singapore

397

0.28

25

Poland

156

0.22

25

Poland

390

0.27

26

Singapore

121

0.17

26

Luxembourg

373

0.26

27

Liechtenstein

104

0.15

27

Liechtenstein

333

0.23

28

Russia

85

0.12

28

Russia

241

0.17

29

Brazil

78

0.11

29

Brazil

202

0.14

29

Czech Republic

78

0.11

30

Czech Republic

198

0.14

31

Slovenia

66

0.09

31

New Zealand

196

0.14

32

South Africa

64

0.09

32

Saudi Arabia

185

0.13

33

New Zealand

53

0.08

33

Portugal

122

0.09

34

Saudi Arabia

51

0.07

34

Slovenia

114

0.08

35

Portugal

48

0.07

35

South Africa

105

0.07

36

Mexico

45

0.06

36

Hungary

94

0.07

37

Hungary

41

0.06

37

Greece

81

0.06

38

Iceland

28

0.04

38

Malaysia

65

0.05

39

Malaysia

26

0.04

39

Mexico

61

0.04

40

Greece

23

0.03

39

Latvia

61

0.04

41

Cyprus

17

0.02

41

Cyprus

42

0.03

42

Chile

16

0.02

42

Iceland

41

0.03

43

Argentina

15

0.02

43

Slovakia

38

0.03

44

Slovakia

12

0.02

44

Estonia

34

0.02

44

Lithuania

12

0.02

45

Romania

33

0.02

46

Estonia

10

0.01

46

Lithuania

31

0.02

46

Romania

10

0.01

47

Bulgaria

30

0.02

48

Bulgaria

8

0.01

48

UAE

29

0.02

48

Mauritius

8

0.01

48

Chile

29

0.02

48

Cuba

8

0.01

50

Philippines

21

0.01

World

141521

World

69528

 

     The following figure shows the share of various continents in the publication of patents in EPO. As is seen in the figure, the three continents Europe, America, and Asia have a very high share (approximately 99%) in the publication of patents. The important point is the very low share of Africa despite the high number of countries in this continent.

 

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Share of Continents in Publication of Patents in EPO in 2015

 

     According to statistical evaluation based on Orbit Database, a number of 3065 nanotechnology patents have been published in EPO in 2015, among which 1441 are granted patents and 1624 are published patent applications. Nanotechnology patents have a share of about 1.45% in EPO, which is considered a lower share in comparison with the share of 2.8% of nanotechnology patents from all patents published in USPTO. The following figure shows the share of nanotechnology patents from all patents published in EPO for the top 10 countries. Similar to USPTO, the two countries China and South Korea are the leading countries among the top 10 ones.

 

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Ratio of the Number of Nanotechnology Published Patent Applications to All Published Patent Applications in EPO in 2015 for Top 10 Countries

 

     United States, France, and South Korea are the leading countries among the top 10 countries in the ratio of the number of nanotechnology patents to all patents in EPO. The top countries have a share of less than 3% in this indicator, which shows the focus of these countries on all aspects of science and technology.

 

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Ratio of the Number of Nanotechnology Granted Patents to All Published Patent Applications in EPO in 2015 for Top 10 Countries

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