Polish patents increase by 21.5% in 2014
PR dla Zagranicy
The country’s scientists and inventors applied for 701 patents last year, a y/y increase which exceeded that of China.
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Last year, the European Patent Office received 21.5 percent more applications from Poland than in 2013, when the figure was 577.
Moreover, since 2010, the number of applications has more than doubled – five years ago there were 343. This allowed Poland to occupy 27th place in the global ranking.
Poland’s meteoric rise in patent applications was exceeded only by Slovakia (64 percent) and Croatia (22.7 percent) in the EU-28 bloc.
In some developed countries, the figure actually dropped, such as in Germany (-0.8 percent), Finland (-9.3 percent), while Sweden’s patent-filing figures remained unchanged year-on-year.
The five leading technology areas in Poland were: civil engineering, medical technology, information technology, thermal processes and special-task machines.
The biggest filer of patents in Poland, with 22, was Patents Factory, a company which helps inventors apply for grants and patents.
In all of Europe, 2014 was a record year for patents, with a total number of 274,174 patents filed – an increase of 3.1 percent over the previous year.
In China, the figure rose by 18.2 percent in 2014. (rg)