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Top patent law firms across countries

November 4th, 2016|

Patent law firms, which are among the top 1000 in the world, are found mainly in the USA, Japan, China, Germany and South Korea.
By top patent law firm, we mean patent firms, which have been the most active in representing clients in the PCT application process in 2015.

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Patents per law firm across countries

October 7th, 2016|

Besides China and Japan, it is mostly European countries leading the score in terms of patents per law firm.
Chinese patent law firms have the highest rate of patent applications represented per year. In 2015, on average it has been 39.2 applications per firm. All other top places are occupied by countries that have a long […]

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Patent law firms per one million inhabitants

September 10th, 2016|

The preceding overview of the distribution of patent law firms across countries shows which countries are important in the field of intellectual property. Unsurprisingly, this outline is dominated by large and economically powerful countries. It does, however, give little indication of how many patent professionals work in a country in relation to the size of […]

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Distribution of patent law firms

August 21st, 2016|

6,815 patent law firms have been representing PCT patent applications in 2015. 72% of those are located in only 5 countries: USA, Japan, South Korea, Germany, and China.
The distribution of patent attorneys across various countries should not be confused with the diagram of applications processed per country. However, as expected, there is a high positive […]

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Patents filed per one million inhabitants

August 11th, 2016|

The number of patents filed per one million inhabitants largely reflects the economic strength of a country.
When putting the absolute figures of PCT patent applications represented per country in relation to the size of the country, a different picture emerges. From the top 10 in absolute terms, only 4 countries remain at the top of the […]

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Distribution of patent representations across countries

August 2nd, 2016|

The majority of patents is represented in few patent active countries. The USA and Japan are still leading. China und South Korea, however, are on the rise.
Over the entire period from 1978 to 2015, 88% of all PCT applications were handled by attorneys and law firms from only 10 countries. By far, with 34% the […]

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Worldwide Industry Study about Patent Law Firms (2016)

July 21st, 2016|

Worldwide Industry Study about Patent Law Firms (2016)
Patent attorneys are representatives in intellectual property (IP) matters. They fulfill various tasks: Performing patent searches, drafting patent applications, representing the client during the application process, conducting and coordinating the internationalization of the patent family or enforcing the rights of granted patents.

Since the representative has to be declared […]

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