Spain continues its march towards becoming a more innovative country. In 2017 the number of new patent registration applications from Spain to the European Patent Office (EPO) grew by 7.6%, some way above the European average of 2.6%. Spain was one of the fastest growing countries looking to safeguard its fresh ideas and inventions, exceeded only by Austria and Denmark in rate of growth. The total 1,676 applications is a Spanish record, according to a report in newspaper ABC.
The largest number of applications from Spain came from the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (43), the Tecnalia Research & Innovation Foundation (27), Esteve Laboratories (26), Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (26), Telefónica (26) and Repsol (24).
Overall, the EPO received 166,000 applications from around the world in 2017, some 3.9% more on 2016, with a 16.6% increase from China.
Catalonia led the way
The category with the highest number of Spanish requests was in organic fine chemistry, with a 51.6% increase, followed by electronic machinery, equipment, energy (up 76.6%) and pharmaceutical products. By Spanish region, Catalonia led the rankings with 37.6% of the total, followed by Madrid (19.3%) and the Basque Country (12.6%).
“In terms of patents, 2017 has been a positive year for Europe,” said EPO president Benoît Battistelli. “European companies made more requests to register patents than ever before.”
Spain is still a long way behind the top three European countries, Switzerland, France and Germany, in number of applications.