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Denmark ranks third worldwide in patent applications

Last year, companies like Novozymes, Novo Nordisk and Vestas lifted Denmark to a third place worldwide for patent applications per inhabitant, show new statistics from the European Patent Office. The Confederation of Danish Industry welcomes the news that Denmark is in the lead when it comes to innovation activity.
Last year, Danish companies filed 2,114 applications with the EPO. That is 13% more than in 2016 - and five times more than the EU average of 2.6%.

Publiceret: 15.03.2018
Af Karen Witt Olsen mail

Denmark comes in at an impressive third place on the 2017 global rankings for patent applications relative to a country’s population.

With 377 patent applications per million inhabitants, Denmark ranks third following Switzerland in first place and the Netherlands in second. This brings Denmark ahead of Sweden, which now ranks fourth.

The statistics come from the European Patent Office (EPO), and are music to the ears of Senior Consultant Lars Holm Nielsen, the Confederation of Danish Industry.

“Danish companies are at the forefront right now when it comes to innovation. When you look at granted patents, we are also in the lead and that is good news for Danish business,” he says.

See also: Danish companies on international hunt for talent

Three major Danish patent applicants

Last year, Danish companies filed 2,114 applications with the EPO. That is 13% more than in 2016 - and five times more than the EU average of 2.6%.

The European Patent Office reports that Novozymes, Novo Nordisk and Vestas are the three most active Danish companies with the most applications.

Out of Denmark’s 2,114 patent applications in total, Novozymes was the most active applicant with 193 applications filed, followed by Novo Nordisk (144) and Vestas (82).

The majority – 65% – of Danish applications came from the Capital Region of Denmark.

Progress in the EU

In total, the EPO received around 166,000 applications from the European countries in 2017.

Compared to 2016, that is an increase of 3.9%, which is a new European record.

“The growing demand for European patents confirms Europe's attractiveness as a leading technology market. European companies, too, filed for more patents than ever before - evidence of their strength in innovation, and of their confidence in the EPO's services,” states President of the European Patent Office Benoît Battistelli in a press release.

EPO - The European Patent Office
One of the biggest public institutions in Europe
Over 7,000 employees
Headquartered in Munich and has offices in Berlin, Brussels, the Hague and Vienna
Founded with a goal to strengthen cooperation in Europe in respect of the protection of inventions.
Inventors can gain comprehensive patent protection in the 38 member states.
World leading authority in patent information and patent filing.

The growing demand for European patents confirms Europe's attractiveness as a leading technology market.
PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE BENOÎT BATTISTELLI
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PUBLISHED: 3/15/2018 LAST MODIFIED: 3/15/2018