The European Patent Office said patent filings increased by 3 percent last year compared with 2010.
The office received 243,000 patent applications and granted 62,115 patents, Munich, Germany-based EPO said in an e-mailed statement today. Some 62 percent of all filings last year came from outside Europe, with U.S. applications at 24 percent, Japanese applications at 19 percent and Chinese applications at 7 percent.
The EPO isn’t part of the European Union and has 38 member countries. The EPO offers the closest thing currently available to an EU-wide patent.