Last year, the European Patent Office (EPO) received a total of 193,460 patent applications, according to a statement from the EPO. Of these, 9,008 came from Switzerland. Switzerland therefore continues to rank first worldwide in terms of patent applications per capita. In 2022, Switzerland filed 1,031 patents per million inhabitants with the EPO. In absolute terms, Switzerland ranks seventh worldwide with 9,008 patents, behind the USA, Germany, Japan, China, France, and South Korea. Switzerland submitted 5.9 percent more patent applications to the EPO compared with 2021.
The rising number of patent applications in 2022 demonstrates that “innovation remained robust last year despite economic uncertainties around the globe”, writes the EPO. The patent office observed significant growth in the fields of digital communications, medical technology, computer technology, electrical machines, and energy, as well as pharmaceuticals, metrology, and biotechnology.
"When it comes to the promise of green innovation, there has been solid, sustained growth in filings related to clean technologies and other means that create, transfer and store electricity," commented EPO President António Campinos in the statement. "It's this ongoing boom that is navigating the energy transition.” The sharp increase in patent applications for digital technologies and semiconductors shows that the fourth industrial revolution is making its way into other areas across technology and industry, according to Campinos.
Switzerland and the Greater Zurich Area in particular are world leaders in research, knowledge and innovation. The established exchange between academic institutions and the private sector as well as access to highly qualified specialists make the Greater Zurich Area an innovation hub.
Switzerland not only leads with the most patents per capita worldwide but also boasts the highest number of sustainable start-ups in the world.
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