ICT patent applications filed with the EPO

National data

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ICT patent applications filed with the EPO

per million inhabitants

 201020112012201320142015
Belgium22.626.431.132.434.231.3
Netherlands39.241.736.839.737.539.2
France27.928.128.429.732.430.9
Germany35.135.534.932.633.633.3
Austria17.519.222.022.521.522.6
United Kingdom19.619.820.322.520.721.2
Europe 2819.119.620.119.820.620.2

Regional data

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ICT patent applications filed with the EPO

per million inhabitants

 201020112012201320142015
Belgium22.626.431.132.434.231.3
Brussels-Capital Region25.039.336.8------
Flemish Region42.352.258.0------
Walloon Region17.717.113.8------
Europe 2819.119.620.119.820.620.2

Description

  •  28/05/2019

Number of ICT patent applications (by priority year) filed with the European Patent Office (EPO), per million inhabitants. According to Eurostat, the following fields are defined as ICT: telecommunications, consumer electronics, computers, office machinery, and other ICT. The national distribution of patent applications is assigned according to the inventor's country of residence.

If one application has more than one inventor, the application is divided equally among all of them and subsequently among their countries of residence, thus avoiding double counting.

Data for the last year are provisional. Significant revisions are expected because the procedures for patent applications are very long and several years are necessary to have final data.

Other languages

  • Demandes de brevet TIC auprès de l'OEB
  • ICT-octrooiaanvragen bij het EOB

Source: OCDE, Patents Statistics.