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Chemistry-related patents rise in Europe in 2016

Chemical and pharma firms get hundreds of patents

by Glenn Hess, special to C&EN
March 17, 2017 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 95, ISSUE 12

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.


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


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