The demand for European patents continues to grow: The European Patent Office (EPO) has now published its Patent Index 2019 reveiling interesting figures regarding patent applications and trends in Europe.

In 2019, the EPO received over 181 000 applications, 4% more than in 2018 and a new all-time high. Growth was mainly fuelled by the strong increase in filing volumes from China, the US and South Korea, with patent applications from the EPO countries also growing. This confirms that the European market remains key to the global economy’s ongoing digital transformation. It also shows that digital communication became the new leading field of patent applications at the EPO while computer technology was the second fastest growing.