Annually, the European Patent Office (EPO) launches a survey for medium term estimation of patent filing figures, not only for forecasting the number of applications but also to uncover the processes that lead to a patent application and to collect information about the economic trends.
The recently announced 2015 survey report reveals that nearly 300,000 patent filings are expected at the EPO in 2016, although a slight decrease in 2017 is expected. Another interesting estimation drawn by the survey was that 56% of EPO applicants are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The 2016 survey takes place from May to September 2016.
Read the full report on the 2015 survey here.