February 19, 2009

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced yesterday on its website that its annual compilation of patent statistics has been completed and is publicly available for the year 2007. According to the EPO announcement (first link below), the statistics include the following:

- the number of European patent applications filed per technical domain and origin
- the number of European patents granted per technical domain and origin
- the most active patent filers

Statistical data, based upon extracts from the EPO’s monitoring database EPASYS, is available for the following categories:

1. Top 100 applicants in 2007 – The top 10 applicants, in order with number of applications in parentheses, are Philips (3,222 applications), Samsung (2,478), Siemens (1,850), BASF (1,474), Matsushita (1,395), Robert Bosch (1,166), LG (1,080), Sony (929), Nokia (873), and Fujitsu (819). A chart of the top 100 is provided at the link below.
Top 100 Webpage: LINK

2. European patent applications filed in 2007 per technical field and origin
Summary Webpage: LINK
Table (PDF): LINK
Chart (PDF): LINK

3. European patent applications 1998-2007 per country of residence of the applicant
Summary Webpage: LINK
Table (PDF): LINK
Chart (PDF): LINK

4. European patents granted 1998-2007 per country of residence of the patentee
Summary Webpage: LINK
Table (PDF): LINK
Chart (PDF): LINK

EPO Announcement: LINK

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