In 2012, our country was ranked tenth in the European Patent Office. Macromolecular chemistry (polymers), micro-and nanotechnology are leading subjects, as well as consumer goods, biotechnology and organic chemistry.
As carriers of future innovation, patents are a particularly sensitive subject in times of crisis. The European Patent Office (EPO) has released its figures for the year 2012 and they are remarkable both for Europe and for Belgium. Across the continent, since the EPO has 38 members, the number of deposits increased by 5.2% compared to 2011, reaching a total of 257,744 patents. This is a new record since 2008. And the proportion of patents granted is higher than the previous year, which is 5.8%, a total of 65,687.
Our country is characterized by a very dynamic academic activity: in the overall standings, Ghent University is ninth, followed by Louvain, tenth, Brussels, seventeenth and Liege, twenty-fourth. In terms of companies, Electrolux is ahead of us with 207 deposits, then Solvay (139) and IMEC, a company from Leuven specialized in microelectronics and components. (121).
With an important role played by universities and a variety of areas which somehow makes us immune to sector crisis, Belgium has high expectations, particularly with regards to its involvement in the European crisis. In the classification of European applicants, our country is tenth, fifteenth in the list of countries that are sending their applications to the European Patent Office.
La Libre – 6/03/2013