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Samsung, Philips & Siemens - the biggest patent applicants

The European patent office received a record number of patent filings in 2014.Among the ten most active filers, five companies came from Europe, three from Asia, and two from the US.

Samsung again headed the list of top applicants, followed by Philipps and Siemens. Patent filings at the EPO grew by 3.1 percent in 2014, hitting a new record high of over 274'000. A total of 64 600 patents were granted by the EPO in 2014.
RankCompanyApplicationsChange
1Samsung2541-10,3%
2Philips231726,0%
3Siemens 2133 8,1%
4LG1638-0,6%
5Huawei160048,6%
6BASF1530-3,0%
7Qualcomm145921,2%
8Robert Bosch1438-8,6%
9Ericsson 1347 13,8%
10Intel1054176,6%
11Nokia104036,7%
12Toyota Motor9486,0%
13Sony94210,2%
14Panasonic901-14,6%
15United Technologies89074,2%
16DSM n.v.85429,6%
17General Electric838-33,3%
18Bayer809-4,8%
19Alcatel Lucent 769-4,6%
20Technicolor74543,3%
21Microsoft73422,5%
22Canon7236,0%
23Johnson & Johnson7178,8%
24Airbus Group677-13,5%
25Hitachi 648-25,9%
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