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In 2001, the share of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in the total number of patent applications to the European Patent Office (EPO) from EU countries was 2.3 times larger than that of 1991. ICT patent applications to the EPO accounted for 15.5% of the total for the EU in 2001. The largest number of ICT patent applications to the EPO came from Germany (29.9%), UK (18.6%), and France (15.3%). At the regional level, Oberbayern (D) showed the highest number of ICT patent applications (855), followed by Dutch Noord-Brabant (800) and the French capital regions of Île de France (748).

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Authors: STRACK G, Eurostat, Luxembourg (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: Statistics in Focus: Science and Technology - Theme 9 - Issue 6/2003, 8pp.
Availability: EUR-OP references: KS-NS-03-006-DE-N; KS-NS-03-006-EN-N; KS-NS-03-006-FR-N Statistics in Focus can be downloaded free of charge from the Eurostat web site:
ISBN: ISSN 1609-5995
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