European Patent Office Says US Cos. Top Applications List

Law360, New York (March 4, 2016, 3:12 PM EST) -- Companies in the United States filed a record number of applications for new patents in Europe last year, according to figures released Wednesday, stretching the country’s lead as the top patent applicant at the European Patent Office.

The EPO published its annual report, which documented a near unprecedented surge in patent applications from the U.S., as companies filed almost 42,700 applications in 2015. This mark, the highest ever, was an increase of more than 6,000 from the year before.

Rainer Osterwalder, a spokesman for the EPO, said the office typically sees an increase in U.S.-based applications anywhere between 3 and 5...

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