Last year patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) grew by 2.8%, which is a new record. According to the EPO President Benoît Battistelli, "this is proof that companies from around the world continue to see Europe more and more as a premier hub for innovation”.

As in previous years, most patent filings in 2013 came from outside Europe, particularly the US and Japan.

The EPO highlighted that “European industry maintained its patenting activities at the same level as in the previous year, with marked regional differences, however.” The highest growth rates come from the Netherlands (+17.2%), Denmark (+8.1%), Sweden (+7.5%) but also member states with lower filing levels, such as Portugal (+34.5%), the Czech Republic (+26.5%) and Ireland (+9.4%). Even though Germany has seen a drop in the number of patent filings, it is still the EU member state with the highest percentage of patent filings at the EPO.

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