Largest Corporate Employers for Patent Attorneys

Unsurprisingly, the ranking of top corporate employers of European Patent Attorneys is led by companies which are also the top patentees.

Siemens AG (108) is the only company employing more than 100 European Patent Attorneys. Next are BASF (87) and Philips (68). The ranking is dominated by corporations active in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering, and pharmaceutical companies. Furthermore, some consumer goods producers are among the top 25.

While at least 34 European Patent Attorneys have to work at a patent law firm in order to appear among the largest firms, companies only need to employ 19 persons for the top 25.

 

Rank Name No. of Patent Attorneys Countries
1 Siemens AG 108 AT, CH, DE, GB
2 BASF SE 87 CH, DE, FR, GB
3 Philips International B.V. 68 DE, GB, NL
4 GlaxoSmithKline 60 BE, GB
5 Novartis Pharma AG 56 CH, GB, IT
6 Bayer AG 56 BE, DE, FR
7 Royal DSM 42 CH, NL
8 Sanofi 40 DE, FR
10 Ericsson AB 37 DE, GB, NL, SE
9 Robert Bosch GmbH 37 DE, FR, NL
12 Procter & Gamble 28 BE, CH, DE, GB, IT
11 Boehringer Ingelheim 28 AT, DE
13 Unilever 26 GB, NL
17 Continental AG 26 DE
14 Alcatel-Lucent 26 BE, DE, FR, GB
15 Novagraaf Technologies SA 26 CH, FR, GB
16 Nokia 26 DE, FI, GB
20 AstraZeneca 25 GB, SE
18 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG 25 CH
19 Roche Diagnostics GmbH 25 CH, DE
21 Syngenta Ltd 24 CH, FR, GB
22 Merck KGaA 22 CH, DE
23 Henkel KGaA 22 DE
24 Nestlé S.A. 20 CH, FI
25 L’Oréal 19 FR