According to an annual report released by the European Patent Office, the top five origins of EPO patent applications were the US, Germany, Japan, France and the Netherlands. China, ranked eighth on the list, filed 5,721 patent applications in 2015, an increase of 22.2 percent from 2014. Huawei, with 1,953 applications, moved from fifth place in 2014 to fourth last year, and was the highest-ranking company from China.

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