06.03.2015

Finland among the top patent filing countries in 2014

Patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) reached an all-time high in 2014 with over 274 000 new patents.

Finland was the second most innovative country in terms of patent applications per million inhabitants. Overall Finland ranked 10th among European countries in the EPO’s list of top patent filing countries.

Companies from Finland filed 2 470 patents at the EPO last year, a decrease of 9.3 per cent compared to 2013. This meant Finland dropped from 8th to 10th among European countries in the EPO’s list.

Despite the decrease in filings, when looking at European patent applications per million inhabitants, Finland moved up in the ranking of the most innovative countries in 2014 to second place from third in the previous year, with 416 patent applications per million inhabitants. Switzerland took the first spot and the Netherlands ranked third. The EU average of patent applications per million inhabitants was 131.

Nokia was by far the biggest Finnish filer at the EPO with 1040 filings and saw a strong increase of 36 per cent in 2014, elevating the company from 19th to 11th place in the EPO’s global ranking of top filing companies. The top spot was taken by Huawei, followed by Ericsson and Qualcomm. Nokia also improved its ranking in the EPO’s list of top applicants in the Digital Communications technology field to number 4 (No. 6 in 2013). Within the Finnish ranking, Nokia was followed by Kone, ABB and Wärtsilä.

Source: Good News From Finland