Patent applications from China now rank fourth among all filings with the European Patent Office. The annual filings from China increased tenfold at EPO over the past decade and maintain robust growth momentum. Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei Technologies and ZTE are again among the top 10 filers in Europe.
In 2014 alone, Chinese filers contributed 9 percent of some 270,000 applications filed with EPO. In the same year, SIPO received nearly 1 million invention patent applications, including some 127,000 from abroad.
The top three areas where China presented the most patent applications to the EPO were digital communication, computer technology and telecommunications. In contrast, European filings covered a variety of sectors in China, including agriculture, transportation and luxury goods.