The EPO, headquartered in Munich, enables inventors to obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market of some 700 million people. Last year, it received a total of 180,250 applications, which despite the pandemic was almost on par with 2019.
“The EPO’s Patent Index for 2020 shows that demand for patent protection has remained high,” said EPO President António Campinos. “Overall, patenting activity has been robust, even though it fluctuated across technology sectors and economic regions.”
For detailed statistics and supporting materials produced by the European Patent Office, see the EPO's Annual Report at: www.epo.org/patent-index2020.