Chemical and pharma firms get hundreds of patents
The European Patent Office says it granted 96,000 patents in 2016, which is 40% more than in 2015 and a new high mark in its history. The office also recorded an unprecedented level of patent filings in 2016, reaching over 296,000, a rise of 6.2% over a year earlier.
In the field of chemistry, the office granted more than 23,000 patents last year, a nearly 39% increase over 2015.
The top three 2016 EU patent recipients in the chemical and pharmaceutical sector are industry giants.
The number of chemistry-related European patents climbed 2015–16.
|NUMBER OF PATENTS||2014||2015||2016|
|Basic materials chemistry||1,725||1,668||2,554|
|Macromolecular chemistry, polymers||1,839||1,660||2,331|
|Microstructural and nanotechnology||73||85||174|
|Organic fine chemistry||3,339||3,194||4,370|
|Surface technology, coatings||1,055||997||1,392|
Source: European Patent Office
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