Volume 95 Issue 12 | p. 14 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 20, 2017 | Web Date: March 17, 2017

Chemistry-related patents rise in Europe in 2016

Chemical and pharma firms get hundreds of patents
By Glenn Hess, special to C&EN
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: intellectual property, Europe, 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.


Prolific

The top three 2016 EU patent recipients in the chemical and pharmaceutical sector are industry giants.


Inventive

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
Biotechnology 2,353 2,658 3,108
Chemical engineering 1,556 1,594 2,170
Environmental technology 772 923 1,332
Food chemistry 687 690 926
Macromolecular chemistry, polymers 1,839 1,660 2,331
Materials, metallurgy 1,220 1,161 1,907
Microstructural and nanotechnology 73 85 174
Organic fine chemistry 3,339 3,194 4,370
Pharmaceuticals 2,319 2,196 3,089
Surface technology, coatings 1,055 997 1,392
TOTAL 16,938 16,826 23,353

Source: European Patent Office

 
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