Poland has recorded the highest increase in the number of patent applications in 4 years
WNP.PL - 27-03-2019
In 2018, the number of Polish patent applications forwarded to the European Patent Office increased by 20 percent. This was the second consecutive year in which the growth rate was one of the largest in Europe. Academic centers are the engine of Polish patent activity and Jagiellonian University is at the forefront of Polish applicants. The regional ranking is led by the Warsaw region with 24 percent of all applications.
In 2018, the number of patent applications filed by Polish inventors, enterprises and research centers to the European Patent Office (EPO) increased by 19.7 percent.
According to the 2018 EPO report, the growth rate was one of the largest in Europe and definitely exceeded the average for 38 EPO Member States, which was +3.8 percent.
A strong increase above the average has been recorded for the second consecutive year (+13.5 percent in 2017) after a 30.6 percent decrease in 2016.
Last year Polish applicants forwarded 534 patent applications to the EPO (446 in 2017). Generally, 174 317 European patent applications were forwarded to the EPO in 2018, which constitutes an increase of 4.6 percent compared to 2017. The number of applications from China increased by 8.8 percent, which is the lowest result in five years.
The leading applicant countries include the United States with 25 percent of the total number of applications, followed by Germany, Japan, France and China.
- In terms of patents, 2018 was very positive for Poland - said António Campinos, president of the EPO. Strong growth over the last consecutive years makes it possible to discuss a positive trend, which is based on a two-digit growth in several key technology sectors. This is very good news, as industries that use intellectual property rights, including patents, support the economy, particularly in terms of employment, trade and growth. The contribution of academic institutions in patent activity is particularly evident in Poland - he pointed out.
Two technological sectors received the largest number of Polish patent applications (39 each), i.e. “thermal processes” (+50 percent) and “transport” (+11.4 percent, with many patents from the automotive industry). Each of them accounted for 7 percent of all Polish patent applications filed with the EPO in 2018.
A significant increase was recorded in the fields of computer technology (+160 percent), “materials, metallurgy” (+110 percent), mechanical components (+ 91.7%), civil engineering (+ 63.6 percent) and pharmaceutical products (+50 percent). 12 out of the 15 most important technology sectors in Poland recorded a two-digit increase in the number of applications.
In 2018, higher education institutions were once again the engine of Polish patent activity and to a greater extent than in other European countries. The first place in the ranking of Polish applicants in the EPO was taken by the Jagiellonian University with 12 patent applications, followed by: Polpharma Pharmaceutical Works (6 applications), AGH (5 applications) and Gdansk University of Technology ex aequo with the Fakro Group (4 applications each).
The regional ranking was led by the Warsaw region with 24 percent of all patent applications (a decrease of 28 percent as compared to the previous year), followed by the following provinces: Malopolskie (16.9 percent), Pomorskie (9.8 percent), Silesian (8.8 percent) and Lower Silesian (8.3 percent).
The European Patent Office, with over 7.000 employees, is one of the largest institutions providing public services in Europe. The head office is located in Munich, with branches in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna.
The main purpose of establishing the EPO was to strengthen cooperation over the introduction of patents in Europe. Under the EPO centralized grant procedure, inventors can obtain high-quality patent protection in 44 countries, gaining access to a market of around 700 million people. EPO is also the world's leading body providing information on applying and searching for patents.
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