Applications for patents from the European Patent Office (EPO) reached a new peak last year. The EPO covers 38 European countries, so the figures are encouraging. The news was announced in Brussels by the EPO’s president, Benoit Battistelli. The office has almost 7,000 employees, making it one of the largest public service institutions in Europe, and its mission is to strengthen co-operation between European states in the field of patents. Euronews met Mr Battistelli.
He said: “We have good news for the European economy. In 2012, the EPO received 258,000 requests for patents, which was 5.2% more than in 2011, and that was already a record year. So that means that European, Asian and American businesses continue to invest, to develop innovation, in order to get out of the economic crisis.”
Euronews asked the EPO’s president which countries and businesses in Europe have the most patents.