Further, two interesting observations are in place.
First of all, if to analyze data for the top 50 IP law firms specifically, it turns out that German and the UK agents handled 45% and 43% of EP filings respectively (see Figure 2). This is almost an equal share, given that in total, representatives from Germany prosecuted virtually as twice as many patent applications as British representatives (see Figure 1). This implies that EP filings are scattered among the larger group of smaller German firms and concentrated among the smaller group of prominent UK agents. Additionally, this could mean that a significant part of German EP filings was handled by the corporate IP departments.