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This Eurostat report analyses patent applications to the European Patent Office (EPO). In 2000 nearly 57500 applications for patents were submitted by the EU to the European Patent Office (EPO). They included 10500 applications for high-tech patents. These increased by 22% per year on average between 1995 and 2000, a rate of increase that was twice as much as the rate for patents in general. The Member State that accounted for most patent applications in the EU was Germany, with 42% of EU applications. Here, too, there was strong regional concentration: 21 regions out of 211 accounted for more than half of the patent applications filed with the EPO, and more than half of the high-tech applications were accounted for by just 13 regions.

The Statistics in Focus series is published regularly by Eurostat and provides up-to-date summaries of the main results of statistical surveys, studies and analyses. It consists of about four to eight pages per issue..

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Authors: ZOPPÉ A, Eurostat, Luxembourg (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: Statistics in Focus: Science and Technology - Theme 9 - Issue 1/2002, pp.8.
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KS-NS-02-001-EN-C Statistics in Focus can be downloaded free of charge from the Eurostat web site:
ISBN: ISSN: 1609-5995
Record Number: 200214534 / Last updated on: 2002-03-28
Original language: de
Available languages: de,en,fr