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Fewer patents granted at EPO

Managing Intellectual Property

The proportion of EPO patent applications granted fell below half for the first time last year

According to data published by the Office yesterday, the grant rate in 2008 was 49.5%, compared to 51% in 2007.

Of the 120,900 examination procedures conducted, 59,800 resulted in the patent being granted. In 22% of proceedings applications were...

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