Welcome!

News Feed Item

UK Companies Granted More European Patents in 2013

BRUSSELS, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

  • European Patent Office announces record numbers of patent filings and patent grants
  • UK applicants were granted 2% more European patents, but patent filings decreased by 3% over previous year
  • UK is ninth country at the EPO with 2% of total patent filings
  • Samsung tops company list at the EPO - Unilever, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce top three UK companies
  • EPO President Benoît Battistelli: "Europe is a premier hub of innovation."

Patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) grew again in 2013, reaching a new record level. Companies and inventors from the UK filed 6,469 patents at the EPO (2012: 6,666), which was a 3% decrease (2012: +3.3%). With 2% of the total, the UK was the ninth largest country of origin (2012: 8th). Last year 2,062 European patents were granted to UK companies, which was 2% more than the previous year, and an increase of 25% since 2009.

"Demand for patent protection in Europe is up for the fourth consecutive year," said EPO President Benoît Battistelli. "This growth is proof that companies from around the world continue to see Europe more and more as a premier hub of innovation. The strong position of European companies in patent-intense technologies once more underlines the central role of these sectors for employment and growth in the EU economy."

Unilever, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce: top three UK patent applicants

The UK again showed a diverse and evenly spread patent portfolio in 2013. The five leading fields of technology for European patent applications from the UK were Electrical machinery, apparatus and energy (287 applications), Measurement (with 281 applications), Organic fine chemistry (276), Medical technology (264) and Transport (257).  

Anglo-Dutch multinational Unilever was the UK's most active patent applicant with 278 applications filed in the UK (and another 178 applications filed from the Netherlands making it number 5 in that country), and the third biggest patent filer at the EPO in the field of Organic chemistry.

Defence, security and aerospace company BAE Systems (175) came in second, showing growth in most of their key fields of technology, and an overall increase of 35% over 2012, followed by Rolls Royce (133, and the eighth largest filer for Engines and turbines), BT (105) and GE (103). With 66 applications (51 of which were in Pharmaceuticals), Glaxo Smith Kline was number eight in this field.

Patent grants up, filings down

The EPO granted 66,700 European patents last year, an increase of 1.6% over 2012 and the highest number ever. Of these, 2,062 were granted to UK companies in 2013, up 2% over the previous year, and an increase of 25% since 2009.

In total the EPO received 266,000 patent filings last year, 2.8% more than in 2012 and a new all-time high. The US and Japan again had the bulk of filings, while China (+16.2%) and South Korea (+14%) once more claimed the lion's share of the growth.

Filings from Europe remained stable overall, with some countries such as the Netherlands (+17.2%), Ireland (+9.4%) and Sweden (+7.5%) making gains, and others slowing: besides the UK also Belgium   (-7.4%), Germany (-5.4%), Italy (-2.7%) and Switzerland (-2%). Filings from the US (+2.8%) and Japan (+1%) grew moderately from very high levels.

Five European companies in top ten, Samsung in the lead

The list of top filing companies at the EPO was again headed by Samsung (2,833 applications), followed by Siemens (1,974) and Philips (1,839). With BASF (5th), Robert Bosch (6th) and Ericsson (10th), three more European companies were among the top ten, well ahead of Asia with three companies, and the US with two.

Last year approximately 65.5% of the applicants at the EPO were large companies, 29% were SMEs and individual inventors, and 5.5% universities and public research institutes.

More information and detailed statistics can be found here:

Download centre:

Statistics on annual results:

Fig. 1 Growth of patent filings

Fig. 2 Origin of filings

Fig. 3 Applications per mio. inhabitants

Fig. 4 Top 50 filing countries

Fig. 5 Top ten applicants in 2013

Fig. 6 Categories of applicants

Fig. 7 Technical fields with most applications

Fig. 8 Regions of origin of technologies

UK - Top patent applicants

Press conference materials:

Press conference slides

CV of President Battistelli

Photograph of President Battistelli

About the EPO

With almost 7 000 employees, the EPO is one of the largest European public service institutions. Its headquarters are in Munich and it also has offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna. The EPO was founded with the aim of strengthening co-operation among European countries in the field of patents. Through the EPO's centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to obtain patent protection in the 38 member states of the European Patent Organisation on the basis of a single European patent application.

Press contacts:
European Patent Office
Mr Oswald Schröder
Spokesperson
Tel: +49(0)89-2399-1800
Mobile: +49(0)163-8399668
[email protected]

Mr Jeremy Philpott
Chef vom Dienst
Tel: +49(0)89-2399-1805
Mobile: 49-151-54404109
[email protected]

Shepard Fox Communications
Mrs Maria Diviney
Tel: +44-2033-184491
[email protected]


SOURCE European Patent Office (EPO)

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Enterprises are adopting Kubernetes to accelerate the development and the delivery of cloud-native applications. However, sharing a Kubernetes cluster between members of the same team can be challenging. And, sharing clusters across multiple teams is even harder. Kubernetes offers several constructs to help implement segmentation and isolation. However, these primitives can be complex to understand and apply. As a result, it’s becoming common for enterprises to end up with several clusters. Thi...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, James Henry, Co-CEO/CTO of Calgary Scientific Inc., introduced you to the challenges, solutions and benefits of training AI systems to solve visual problems with an emphasis on improving AIs with continuous training in the field. He explored applications in several industries and discussed technologies that allow the deployment of advanced visualization solutions to the cloud.
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, discussed how data centers of the future will be managed, how the p...
"NetApp is known as a data management leader but we do a lot more than just data management on-prem with the data centers of our customers. We're also big in the hybrid cloud," explained Wes Talbert, Principal Architect at NetApp, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"Space Monkey by Vivent Smart Home is a product that is a distributed cloud-based edge storage network. Vivent Smart Home, our parent company, is a smart home provider that places a lot of hard drives across homes in North America," explained JT Olds, Director of Engineering, and Brandon Crowfeather, Product Manager, at Vivint Smart Home, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The question before companies today is not whether to become intelligent, it’s a question of how and how fast. The key is to adopt and deploy an intelligent application strategy while simultaneously preparing to scale that intelligence. In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sangeeta Chakraborty, Chief Customer Officer at Ayasdi, provided a tactical framework to become a truly intelligent enterprise, including how to identify the right applications for AI, how to build a Center of Excellence to oper...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
"Infoblox does DNS, DHCP and IP address management for not only enterprise networks but cloud networks as well. Customers are looking for a single platform that can extend not only in their private enterprise environment but private cloud, public cloud, tracking all the IP space and everything that is going on in that environment," explained Steve Salo, Principal Systems Engineer at Infoblox, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventio...
Large industrial manufacturing organizations are adopting the agile principles of cloud software companies. The industrial manufacturing development process has not scaled over time. Now that design CAD teams are geographically distributed, centralizing their work is key. With large multi-gigabyte projects, outdated tools have stifled industrial team agility, time-to-market milestones, and impacted P&L stakeholders.
"ZeroStack is a startup in Silicon Valley. We're solving a very interesting problem around bringing public cloud convenience with private cloud control for enterprises and mid-size companies," explained Kamesh Pemmaraju, VP of Product Management at ZeroStack, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"We're focused on how to get some of the attributes that you would expect from an Amazon, Azure, Google, and doing that on-prem. We believe today that you can actually get those types of things done with certain architectures available in the market today," explained Steve Conner, VP of Sales at Cloudistics, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"Codigm is based on the cloud and we are here to explore marketing opportunities in America. Our mission is to make an ecosystem of the SW environment that anyone can understand, learn, teach, and develop the SW on the cloud," explained Sung Tae Ryu, CEO of Codigm, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.