|Updated: 1.11.2012 - Next update: 30.10.2013|
Fewer European patents granted to manufacturing industry in 2011 than in previous years
The number of European patents granted to domestic manufacturing enterprises fell by 14 per cent from the previous year in 2011. A total of 573 European patents were granted to enterprises and associations in 2011 while the respective number in 2010 was 657. The number of enterprises having received patents was also lower than in the previous year. These data derive from statistics on patenting in 2011 published by Statistics Finland.
Like European patents, the number of patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to Finnish enterprises and associations also fell from the previous year in 2011. The total number of granted patents decreased by 191 because fewer patents were granted to the electronics industry.Statistical release
Statistics Finland / Patenting
Description of indicator
The indicator contains data on patents applied for in Finland by applicant: private person or enterprise and domestic or foreign).
R&D activity generates new knowledge and technology. The introduction and application of these into practice shows as new production processes and products and patents. A patent is a sole right granted by state authorities for a limited period to the exploitation of an invention to its inventor or the holder of the inventor’s rights. For enterprises, it is one indicator of the productiveness of their R&D activity.