15 September 2010

The Origin of the European Patent Applications Filed in 2009


The European Patent Office just published its "Regional Breakdown" with respect to the origin of European patent applications filed in 2009 for the EPC contracting states and other major patent filing countries in the world. According to this statistical survey (spreadsheet file can be downloaded here), a total of 132 049 patent application originated from the following countries and regions in 2009.

The top 20 filing countries in 2009 were:
1 United States 32 879 24,90%
2 Germany 25 030 18,96%
3 Japan 19 929 15,09%
4 France 8 899 6,74%
5 Netherlands 6 725 5,09%
6 Switzerland 5 857 4,44%
7 United Kingdom 4 813 3,64%
8 Rep. Korea 4 192 3,17%
9 Italy 3 864 2,93%
10 Sweden 3 142 2,38%
11 Canada 2 050 1,55%
12 Belgium 1 624 1,23%
13 China 1 597 1,21%
14 Austria 1 511 1,14%
15 Denmark 1 487 1,13%
16 Finland 1 446 1,10%
17 Spain 1 256 0,95%
18 Israel 1 093 0,83%
19 Taiwan 1 074 0,81%
20 Australia 842 0,64%

The top 30 filing political regions in 2009 were:
1 Tokyo JP 10 740 8,13%
2 California US 6 900 5,23%
3 Île-de-France FR 6 090 4,61%
4 Oberbayern DE 4 487 3,40%
5 North Brabant NL 3 434 2,60%
6 Osaka JP 3 220 2,44%
7 New York US 2 967 2,25%
8 Stuttgart DE 2 872 2,17%
9 New Jersey US 2 437 1,85%
10 Rheinhessen-Pfalz DE 2 107 1,60%
11 Massachusetts US 1 901 1,44%
12 Aichi JP 1 858 1,41%
13 Seoul KR 1 810 1,37%
14 Düsseldorf DE 1 803 1,37%
15 Illinois US 1 785 1,35%
16 Texas US 1 769 1,34%
17 Gyeonggi KR 1 667 1,26%
18 Stockholm SE 1 575 1,19%
19 Greater London UK 1 565 1,19%
20 Minnesota US 1 494 1,13%
21 Darmstadt DE 1 474 1,12%
22 Ohio US 1 462 1,11%
23 Köln DE 1 298 0,98%
24 Michigan US 1 295 0,98%
25 Ontario CA 1 283 0,97%
26 Lombardy IT 1 268 0,96%
27 South Holland NL 1 238 0,94%
28 Basel-Stadt CH 1 194 0,90%
29 Karlsruhe DE 1 179 0,89%
30 Connecticut US 1 178 0,89%

So if you, as an European patent attorney, are planning an acquisition trip in the near future, you should consider to vistit Tokyo, California, North Brabant, or Oberbayern instead of South Korea, the UK, Belguim, or Italy, respectively.

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