US Cos. Again Lead European Patent Filers Thanks To AI, 5G

Law360 (March 12, 2020, 8:09 AM EDT) -- Companies and inventors based in the United States were once again the top applicants for European patents in 2019, with new growth spurred by 5G and artificial intelligence technologies, according to data released Thursday by the European Patent Office.

About a quarter of the 181,406 patent applications submitted to the EPO in 2019 were from U.S. filers, with United Technologies, Qualcomm and General Electric leading the pack. The EPO noted particular growth in the areas of computer technology, which includes many AI-related inventions, and digital communications, like those involving 5G.

"U.S. patent applications grew strongly at the EPO in 2019, with...

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