The number of patents applications filed at the EPO in 2018 has increased with 4,6%. Almost half of the patent applications come from Europe, and Siemens and Huawei are the most active patent applicants. In 2018 127.625 granted European patents have been published by the EPO (+21%). EPO President António Campinos states that the increase in patent applications is a strong indicator that Europe is an attractive market for innovative products. You can read more about the patent statistics in the EPO annual report 2018.