European Patent Office
Overall in 2017 the European Patent Office received 166,000 European patent applications – an increase of 3.9% from the figure for 2016 and a new record. For the first time, it also granted over 100,000 European patents. In order, the five most prolific filers were the United States, Germany, Japan, France and China; Huawei was the most active company. This upswing in demand reinforces the status of Europe as a leading IP market.
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