Patents' growth in Italy doubled to 6.5% in 2021

Patents’ growth in Italy doubled to 6.5% in 2021

Patents’ growth in Italy doubled to 6.5% in 2021


Patent applications from Italy to the European Patent Office (EPO) grew by 6.5% in 2021, according to Epo Patent Index statistics published on April 5th, 2022.

Despite the pandemic, the growth rate has again almost doubled (it was already +3.4% in 2020) confirming itself well above the average growth of 2.7% recorded by the 27 EU countries.

In 2021 Italian companies and inventors filed a total of 4,919 patent applications with Epo, the highest number ever registered to date.

Since 2008, almost 52,000 Italian inventions are being protected at the European level. Almost 80% of these belong to subjects (companies, research entities and individuals) resident in the northern regions.

A patent out of on 5 of those published in 2020 refers to Ket (Key enabling technologies), i.e. the technologies that the European Commission has defined as enabling all effects: biotech, photonics, advanced materials, nano and micro-electronics, nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing.

As Rain News reports, “the two European countries that submitted the most applications to EPO, Germany (+0.3%) and France (-0.7%), remained almost stable last year, while applications from the United Kingdom recorded a further slight decrease (-1.2%)”.

Most of the other European countries also grew in 2021, with patent filings also increasing sharply from Sweden (+12%), Finland (+11.2%), Denmark (+9.2%), Spain (+8.9%), Switzerland (+3.9%), Belgium (+3.3%) and the Netherlands (+3.1%).

Chinese digital communications company Huawei was the main patent applicant at EPO in 2021 (as in 2019), followed by the former 2020 number one, Samsung, and LG, both South Korean companies.


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