European Patent Office (EPO) 2012 Annual Results: Samsung Takes Top Spot in European Patent Applications

 European Patent Office (EPO) 2012 Annual Results: Samsung Takes Top Spot in
                         European Patent Applications

  PR Newswire

  BRUSSELS, March 6, 2013

BRUSSELS, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

- Samsung takes No. 1 spot among patent applicants at the EPO

- For the first time ranking topped by Asian company

- With 5.6% share, Korea fifth-largest country in patent applications

- Filings from Asia fuel growth at the EPO

The ranking of the list of the largest patent applicants at the European
Patent Office (EPO) was for the first time topped by an Asian company: With
2.251 patent applications Samsung leads the 2012 list of applicants, followed
by Siemens (2.193) and BASF (1.713). LG arrived on fifth position with 1635

Among the top patent filing countries Korea was ranked fifth with 14.491
patent filings in 2012 (9.3% growth compared to 2011), representing a share of
5.6% of the total.

The most important technology field for Korean companies is Digital
Communication, representing 13% of all European patent applications coming
from Korea. This field shows by far the highest growth among the leading
technologies at the EPO and accounts for 9% of all applications originating
from Korea.

In total EPO received 257.744 patent filings in 2012 from all over the world.
This represents a 5.2% increase over 2011 (244.934,) and sets a new record in
the office's history.

"The patent filings of today are shaping the innovations of tomorrow," EPO
President Benoît Battistelli said today at the presentation of the 2012 EPO
Annual Results in Brussels. "In 2012, the steepest growth in patent filings
and more than half of the increase came from Asian firms."

The top five country positions in 2012 are held by the US (24.7%), Japan
(19.9%), Germany (13.4%), China (7.3%), and Korea (5.5%). With 63% of the
filings, the majority of filings again came from non-European countries (2011:

With BASF, Bosch and Ericsson, three further European companies figure on the
list of the top ten applicants at the EPO, which, in 2012, is made up of four
European, four Asian and two US firms.

About the EPO

The European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the largest European public service
institutions with almost 7 000 employees. Its headquarters are in Munich and
it has offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna. The EPO was founded
with the aim of strengthening co-operation between the European states in the
field of patents. Through its centralised patent granting procedure, inventors
are able to obtain patent protection in the EPO's 38 member states.
Internationally, the EPO maintains close co-operation ties with the Korean
Intellectual Property Office.

More information and detailed statistics can be found here (links to the EPO's
Online Annual Report):

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Country rankings for European patents granted:

Patent applicant ranking of top 50 companies:

Ranking of the largest technical fields:

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