This morning I listened in on a press conference held to announce the release of the European Patent Office’s annual report for 2011. EPO president Benoît Battistelli stated that there were a record 244,437 filings at the office last year, an increase of 3.7% from 2010; grants rose by 6.9%. In total, 62% of applications came from outside of EPO member states, with Asian economies leading the way – Japan, China and South Korea accounted for 32% of EPO applications, up 4% from 2010. The US and EPO member states saw their share of applications drop by 2% and 1% respectively.

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