Earlier this month, the European Patent Office (“EPO”) released its annual report for patent activity in 2017. With patents and patent filings on the rise, the top three technical fields are 1) medical technology; 2) digital communication; and 3) computer technology. The top ten applicant companies are: 1) Huawei (China); 2) Siemens (EU); 3) LG (Korea); 4) Samsung (Korea); 5) Qualcomm (US); 6) Royal Phillips (EU); 7) United Technologies (US); 8) Intel (US); 9) Robert Bosch (EU); and 10) Ericsson (EU).
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