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EPO filings up, but British and Dutch share slumps

Emma Barraclough, London

Patent filings at the EPO reached a record level last year, with applications from Asian companies making up a bigger share of the total than ever

Despite the economic downturn, the EPO received 244,000 patent filings in 2011, up 3.7% on the year before.

Applications from Asian companies made up almost one-third of the total, with their share rising from 30% to 33%. Much...

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