Spanish industry and patents

Back to the roundtable of Thursday, the 6th of February, my presentation can be seen by clicking on the link at the end of this post. Some basic information about the problems of the Spanish chemical industry, or figures showing the situation of the patent production in Spain, can be found therein.  The data correspond to years 2012 and 2013 retrieved from the Spanish Patent Office (SPO) or the European Patent Office (EPO) web site. Finally, some concepts related to patents, such as definitions, prosecution, requirements for filing and registering, and the like, are shown. There is a specific figure that calls for an explanation, which is the number of European patent applications filed in Spain in 2012. According to the EPO the number is 2,517. You can read the following at the SPO web site literally:

The European Patent Office (EPO) has published the data corresponding to year 2012. During that year a total of 258,000 patent applications were filed and a total of 65,700 were granted, which means an increase of 5.7% in filings and 5.8% in allowances.

Spain occupies the 14th position among the “Top 50” countries by number of European patent applications with 2,517 and a 2.3% increase with respect to the previous year

and, as it is obvious, this figure can be seen at the EPO web site (although it did not appear in the last days, they just indicated that the complete statistics will be available on March 6th, 2014). This figure of 2,517 presumably means applications filed in Spain by anybody, since there is not any nationality requirement with regard to the member states of the European Patent Convention for filing a European application in Spain, or any other country.

This number must not be mixed up with the figure appearing in the statistics of the SPO (Estadísticas de Propiedad Industrial,TOMO I, 2012), wherein it reads that 1,548 European applications of Spanish origin were filed in 2012. The expression “of Spanish origin” has to be interpreted in my opinion as “Spanish applicant” (it can be a direct European patent application or a European application with Spanish priority).

Going some way deeper into this matter, even though the data shown in the above mentioned TOMO I are really comprehensive, some data are still unclear, for example: in the table of European applications filed in 2012 sorted by Autonomous Community, the total number is 612, what still can add more confusion. You can see the table below:

grafico solic ep segun oepm 2012

At least conclusion can be draw without a doubt: the lower the number, the worse!

A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here (aquí).

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