PATENTS | EPO Patent Index 2023: patent applications on the rise

The European Patent Office (EPO) has published the EPO Patent Index for 2023 (the “Index”). The Index found that 199,275 European Patent applications were filed in 2023 and highlighted an increase of 2.9% compared to 2022. Patent applications claiming electrical machinery, apparatus and energy (including clean energy inventions and battery technologies) accounted for the most significant increase (12.2%). The 2023 top ten applicants include four European, two Korean, two US, one Chinese and one Japanese companies. In addition, almost one in four patent applications from Europe was filed by an individual inventor or small- to medium-sized enterprise and the share of filings from European universities and public research organisations rose to 8%. Patent applications from Italy increased by 3.8%.

Newsletter n. 95 – April 2024