Samsung Filed The Most Patents In Europe In 2014, U.S. Led The Subject By Nation
Whereas IBM is quantity-one with regards to the variety of patents filed within the U.S., in Europe, Samsung is main the pack. Immediately, the European Patent Workplace launched 2014 figures for patents filed within the area, which confirmed that the Korean firm, and at present the world’s largest smartphone maker, filed 2,541 for the complete yr. When it comes to nations, the U.S. dominated the listing, with seventy one,seven hundred, or 26% of all patents, filed.
General, the variety of patents filed in Europe grew by three.1% in 2014, with greater than 274,000 filings, a document quantity in accordance with the EPO. In different phrases: in line with the costly, prolonged, and excessive-profile authorized fights which have arisen out of mental property disputes — and regardless of the various flaws within the system that have to be fastened (patent trolls being one of many largest) — patents proceed to be an influence lever for corporations making an attempt to guard their companies from rivals.
And but patents will not be the entire story. Apple, presently the world’s largest firm by income, filed solely 294 patents in Europe — like IBM, placing extra of its emphasis on submitting within the U.S. market.
The larger image for Europe is that it’s persevering with to carry parity with the U.S. with regards to patent creation (and potential enforcement), with patent filings on the EPO masking 38 member states.
“Demand for patent safety in Europe has been rising steadily, and is up for the fifth yr in a row,” stated EPO president Benoȋt Battistelli in a press release. “Europe continues to strengthen its key position as a worldwide hub of know-how and innovation for a rising variety of corporations from all over the world. The rise in patent filings originating from Europe underlines the significance of patent-intensive industries as a strong base for the European information financial system: They foster Europe’s competitiveness, financial power and employment.”
For the document, the U.S. noticed simply over 300,000 patent filings final yr.
Here’s a break-down of a few of the prime-line numbers within the report:
U.S. corporations: Qualcomm on prime
Breaking out U.S. solely corporations from the larger listing, it’s not IBM however Qualcomm that leads with probably the most patents, with 1,459 filed. The semiconductor big is adopted by Intel and United Applied sciences, the economic conglomerate that makes every part from Black Hawk helicopters to gasoline cells. Microsoft, Google and Apple rank respectively at 4th, ninth and seventeenth amongst U.S. corporations submitting in Europe.
Hardware leads the pack
Within the EPO, it seems to be like the businesses specializing in hardware are submitting extra patents within the area, with Samsung’s prime place adopted by European corporations Philips and Siemens. LG and Huawei spherical out the highest 5. Apparently, since Nokia has bought off the most important a part of its enterprise — handsets — to Microsoft, the corporate has been focusing extra on its mental property place, and that’s being performed out within the EPO, too. The corporate filed simply over 1,000 patents final yr.
As the middle of the tech world, it’s unsurprising that the U.S. vastly outweighs each different nation in terms of general patent filings. The second-largest nation, the EPO says, is Japan with forty eight,four hundred patents, adopted by Germany and China. Apparently, China is presently rising the quickest of all of those, up 18.2% over a yr in the past.
Medical tech leads forward of tech
Medical know-how was the most important single class for patents filed on the EPO in 2014, with eleven,000 patents. Nevertheless, when you mix digital communication with pc know-how — two distinct classes however each falling underneath IT in a extra basic sense — these nicely exceed medical, with virtually 20,000 patents filed between them.