According to the 2020 patent data released by the European Patent Office (EPO) on the 16th, the European Patent Office received 13,432 patent applications from China in 2020, up 9.9%, the highet growth among the major patent application countries.
The EPO received 180,250 patent applications in 2020, slightly lower than 181,532, the number of patent applications in 2019. Chinese patent applications have risen against the trend. The top three technical fields filed by Chinese applicants are "digital communications", "computer technology" and "electric machinery, equipment, and energy", China's digital communications patent applications account for 26.5% of the total applications received by the EPO. Also, China is with the fastest growth in the fields of biotechnology, organic fine chemistry, and medical technology.
In the company rankings, Huawei last year had filed 3,113 patent applications, second only to Samsung.