According to a report by the European Patent Office, Portuguese companies and institutions submitted 220 applications last year.
The European Patent Office (EPO), headed by Portugal's António Campinos, released the report for 2018. The document reveals that last year 220 applications for patents were filed by Portuguese companies or institutions. This number represents an increase of about 47%, after a year of decline – by 2017, there had been a decline of 4.5%
According to the report, the main growth of patent applications originating in Portugal occurred in the areas of transport, chemical engineering and food chemistry. The Institute of Systems Engineering and Computers, Technology and Science of Porto was the Portuguese institution that registered more requests.
The North Region was the one that presented the most patent applications, about 40%, but Lisbon leads the ranking of cities. The metropolitan area of Lisbon presented 26 patent applications, followed by Oporto, with 23 registered applications.
Among the 38 EPO Member States, only Lithuania and San Marino recorded a higher growth than Portugal. In total, the EPO received 174,317 European patent applications, a new record in the number of applications submitted annually to the institution.
The United States continues to be the country from which the largest number of patent applications originates, accounting for about 25% of all applications submitted in 2018. Next are Germany, Japan, France and China.