Interestingly, the volume of relevant filings from local applicants displayed an average 3% annual increase between 2015 and 2020 (calculation is based on the number of patent applications first published between 2015 and 2020 by the top 100 applicants at EPO).
The share shrinkage that happened despite stable growth can potentially be explained by an ever-accelerated increase in the number of patent publications from other countries such as the US, Korea, or Japan.
At the same time, Europe remained one of the most attractive markets for international applicants. Semiconductor-related companies such as Samsung, Intel, BOE technology, LG, and Philips were prominently present among EPO’s most significant applicants. Additionally, Figure 2 demonstrates that 62% of EP filings in semiconductors were from the most active countries in the field, including Japan, Korea, and the US.