Steady rise in EU patent activity seen in medtech over 10 years

07/19/2013 | Clinica (subscription required)

An annual report from the European Patent Office reveals that the medtech sector filed 10,412 patent applications with the office last year, a 67% increase over 2003. The report also notes that medtech patent applications rose year-on-year from 2003 to 2012, while those from the drug and biotech sectors remained relatively unchanged. Thomas Prock, a patent attorney with Marks & Clerk, attributes this increased medtech patent activity to a "vibrant collection" of small firms attempting to bring their innovative products to market.

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