More European patents awarded in 2012 than ever before
date of publication > 22-January-2013
In 2012, the European Patent Office (EPO) has awarded 65,700 European patents, setting a new record for the third year in a row. A total of 257,833 patents have been filed during the year, the 40 EUREKA member countries
accounting for nearly 95,000 of the filings.
Companies have increasingly recourse to patents to protect their products from their competitors, a trend also observable in EUREKA projects, where participants are more and more often applying for the patenting of the technological consumer products that they develop. Unlike other European public funding platforms, EUREKA uniquely supports projects aiming at the development of a product or process
to be introduced on the market. Purely academic projects are not eligible for funding within EUREKA.
'THE 40 EUREKA MEMBER COUNTRIES ACCOUNT FOR NEARLY 95,000 OF ALL EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATIONS FILED IN 2012.'
The high number of patents filed in Europe by European, but also American and Asian companies, shows the attractiveness of the continent as a market where the average consumer is tech-savvy and keeps an eye open on the latest products released by the most innovative companies in the world.