Statistics recently published by the European Patent Office (EPO) demonstrate the recent surge in patent applications filed in the field of digital technologies, as well as an overall increase in the number of applications filed at the EPO .
This is not a surprise given the meteoric rise of many start-up digital technology companies and continued growth of many well-established tech companies over the past decade, and the past few years in particular.
The team at Dentons is well set up to deal with the increasing demand for patents in the digital technology fields and has a number of patent attorneys who specialize in cutting edge digital technologies.
It will also not be a surprise for the synergy between digital technologies and pharmacology to continue to grow over the next few years in response to the current COVID-19 situation and in order to predict future viruses which may pose a similar threat.
In view of the current COVID-19 situation it will be interesting to see the effect that it has on the number of patent applications filed over the next 12 months. It would be no surprise to see a surge in the pharmaceutical and other related fields as the search for a vaccine continues.
Patent statistics published today by the European Patent Office (EPO) show that for the first time in more than a decade digital technologies have taken the lead in patent applications filed. According to the EPO Patent Index 2019, the surge in the fields of digital communication (+19.6%) and computer technology (+10.2%) is fuelling the sustained growth in patent filings: In 2019, the EPO received well over 181 000 applications in total, 4% more than in 2018 and a new all-time high.