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The number of patent applications once again increased. In 2015, 1.6% more applications were filed at the European Patent Office (EPO). In recent years the number of applications actually increased constantly. A small dip in 2009, but this was offset by a very large increase in 2010. In total, EPO filed in 2015 278,867 patent applications.
The growth is a major part of the large companies such as Philips, Samsung and LG. Interestingly, the medical technology shows the largest growth in the number of patents. An increase of 11%; Philips here is the largest applicant.
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