EPO: Welcome to the Patent Index 2021

« Increased demand for European patents
In 2021, the EPO received a record 188 600 applications. As innovation bounced back after the initial shock of the pandemic, most parts of the world and two thirds of the technology fields saw growth. With digital transformation continuing to impact almost every area of life, ICT-related filings accounted for more than 31% of all European patent applications. Annual patent filings have returned to pre-pandemic levels in over half of all technology fields. (…) »

source > epo.org, 5 avril 2022