Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, in 2020 was again the number one Lighting company in patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO), illustrating the company’s innovation leadership and continued improvements in LED lighting technology. Signify filed a total of 691 patents, climbing to rank 21 from 26 a year earlier out of all companies that filed patents with the EPO.
CEO of Signify
PEPO President António Campinos
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.
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