Distribution of European Patent Attorneys across Countries

In total, 10,624 persons form 38 countries are registered as representatives before the European Patent Office (as at December 2012). The country leading the score is Germany with more than 3,600 attorneys (34%). This is not surprising considering the proximity to the headquarters of the European Patent Office in Munich. In this city, almost 1,300 persons are listed. Next is the United Kingdom with 2,020 patent attorneys (19%). France, the state on position 3, denotes a share of 9% with already less than 1,000 European Patent Attorneys.

 

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Comparatively close are the following states, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Poland. In these countries, between 300 and 500 European Patent Attorneys are registered. Together with the above mentioned states, those 8 countries already pool more than 80% of all persons.

The next five nations – Denmark, Belgium, Spain, Finland and Austria – denote at least 100 persons. In the  remaining 25 countries, 991 patent attorneys are registered, which is less than 10% of the overall population of 10,624.

These figures can be derived from the size of the country’s population – to some extent, not fully, as shown in the data of patent attorneys per capita.

 

 

Country Patent Attorneys Share Cumulative
Germany 3,661 34.5% 34.5%
United Kingdom 2,020 19.0% 53.5%
France 976 9.2% 62.7%
Switzerland 482 4.5% 67.2%
Italy 470 4.4% 71.6%
Netherlands 459 4.3% 75.9%
Sweden 351 3.3% 79.2%
Poland 327 3.1% 82.3%
Denmark 224 2.1% 84.4%
Belgium 188 1.8% 86.2%
Spain 177 1.7% 87.9%
Finland 170 1.6% 89.5%
Austria 128 1.2% 90.7%
Czech Republic 99 0.9% 91.6%
Norway 96 0.9% 92.5%
Turkey 92 0.9% 93.4%
Hungary 79 0.7% 94.1%
Bulgaria 66 0.6% 94.7%
Ireland 61 0.6% 95.3%
Romania 60 0.6% 95.9%
Serbia 53 0.5% 96.4%
Portugal 40 0.4% 96.8%
Slovakia 36 0.3% 97.1%
Slovenia 29 0.3% 97.4%
Macedonia 28 0.3% 97.6%
Croatia 27 0.3% 97.9%
Albania 26 0.2% 98.1%
Estonia 26 0.2% 98.4%
Lithuania 26 0.2% 98.6%
Greece 24 0.2% 98.8%
San Marino 24 0.2% 99.1%
Iceland 21 0.2% 99.3%
Latvia 21 0.2% 99.5%
Luxembourg 20 0.2% 99.7%
Liechtenstein 17 0.2% 99.8%
Cyprus 12 0.1% 99.9%
Malta 5 0.0% 100.0%
Monaco 3 0.0% 100.0%
Total 10,624 100% 100%