The EPO, in co-operation with Handelsblatt Research Institute, has conducted its first study on "Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)".

The study examines this profound technology trend, which is primarily driven by the emergence of the Internet of Things and that is now being observed across a whole range of technical fields. The study also informs users of the European patent system and the broader public about on-going technology trends across various technical fields.

Find more information on EPO's website here.