The European Patent Office (EPO) received more than 265, 000 patent filings in 2013. This is a 2.8% increase over 2012 (257, 500 filings), and a new all-time high.

EPO President BenoĆ®t Battistelli said: ”This is the fourth year in a row that patent filings at the EPO have grown. Despite a recent rule change in the application procedure, which kept growth modest in 2013, the figures are up and demand for patents in Europe is clearly on the rise.”

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