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Samsung First Asian Company to Top European Patent Applications

Samsung Electronics Co. became the first Asian company to top the list of patent applicants at the European Patent Office.

Samsung filed 2,251 requests for patent protection last year, followed by 2,193 from Siemens AG and 1,713 applications by BASF SE, the Munich-based patent office said in statement today. The EPO is the only place in Europe where companies can apply for region-wide patent protection. The office isn’t part of the EU and has 38 member states.