The INPI (National Institute of Industrial Property) and the EPO (European Patent Office) data reveal that the number of patent applications in Portugal has tripled in the last decade.

The number of requests submitted to the EPO by Portuguese companies and institutions has shown a gradual increase. In 2018, it was approximately 47% (the largest increase of the decade) and in 2019, it was over 20%. This fact led António Campinos, president of EPO, to state that this remarkable progress in Portugal "shows that the country continues to increase its capacity for research, development and innovation".

The boost in patent applications originating in Portugal was mainly due to the significant growth in technological areas: in 2019 the medical technology area grew by 83%, followed by areas such as pharmaceuticals, furniture and games.

The data also point out the Portuguese institutions that submitted the largest number of patent applications in 2019 to the EPO: Novadelta - Comércio e Indústria de Cafés; the University of Évora and A4TEC (Association for the Advancement of Tissue Engineering and Cell Based Technologies & Therapies).

In 2019, the EPO received more than 181 000 patent applications, representing a new record and a 4% rise from 2018.

The top five countries in patent applications were the United States of America (with 25% of the total), followed by Germany, Japan, China and France.

In the ranking of companies with the largest number of patent applications, in 2019, were Huawei, Samsung and LG, since the increase in patent applications in this fields (digital communication and computer technology) has been a strong tendency.
Given the importance of technologies related to the digital transformation, digital communication and computer technology have outpaced medical technology for the first time in more than a decade.

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24 August 2020