PREDICT Project

PREDICT 2012 REPORT: ICT R&D performance across the world –
patent-based evidence 

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Inventive activity and ICT inventing activity by EU Member State inventors

ICT and total patenting performance of the EU Member States

Detailed information on ICT inventive performance of the EU Member States is given in Table 1 and Figure 5 shows the ratio of ICT and non-ICT applications per million inhabitants for the 27 EU countries in terms of ICT priority patent applications in 2009. Countries are ranked according to how many ICT applications they have per million inhabitants. It allows to compare ICT inventive effort to non-ICT inventive activity. According to the presented data:

  • Countries with a significantly higher ratio of ICT-related applications per million inhabitants than the EU average (29 patent applications) consist of Germany (82 patent applications), Finland (80 patent applications) and France (46 patent applications).
  • Other countries with above average level of ICT patents per inhabitant include Austria, Sweden, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Figure 5 : Number of ICT and non-ICT patent applications per million inhabitants, by EU Member State, 2009

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Source: JRC-IPTS calculations based on PATSTAT data (April 2012 release). Priority patent applications to the EPO, the 27 Member States’ National Patent Offices, the USPTO, the JPO, and 50 further Patent Offices. Inventor criterion.

Table 1 : ICT priority patent applications by EU Member State, 2009

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Source: JRC-IPTS calculations based on PATSTAT data (April 2012 release). Priority patent applications to the EPO, the 27 Member States’ National Patent Offices, the USPTO, the JPO, and 50 further Patent Offices. Inventor criterion.

 

ICT and total patenting performance of the top patenting EU Member States

Figure 6 provides a comparative view of the inventive activity and ICT innovative activity of the different EU Member States in 2009. It can be observed that:

  • Germany was the largest contributor to the EU total inventive (44%) and ICT inventive activity (46%)
  • France (20%) and Great Britain (9%) are the second and third largest producers of ICT patents in the EU,
  • The top three countries, i.e. Germany, France and Great Britain, have also a higher level of contribution to the EU ICT inventive output than to the total inventive output. This indicates that they have above average inventive specialization level in ICT activity.

Figure 6 : Contribution to total ICT EU priority patent applications by the ten most ICT patenting EU Member States, %, 2009
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Source: JRC-IPTS calculations based on PATSTAT data (April 2012 release). Priority patent applications to the EPO, the 27 Member States’ National Patent Offices, the USPTO, the JPO, and 50 further Patent Offices. Inventor criterion.

 

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