Patent applications

  • 253 patent applications per one million residents in Flanders

    In 2015, 253 patents were registered for every million residents in the Flemish Region.  


    These are patent applications by Flemish inventors and/or applicants. The applications are applied for under the European patent system (EPO). 


    The number of patents was higher in the years prior to 2008. 2008 saw the start of the financial-economic downturn, the impact of which was fully felt in 2009 with a smaller number of patent applications Afterwards, the volume of applications remained more or less constant until 2013. From 2014 onward, we witnessed a slight upturn. More recent figures are not available. 

  • Flanders ranks in the middle for patent applications at international level

    In 2014, the Flemish Region beat the Belgian average of 202 patent applications per million residents. 


    In Luxembourg and Switzerland in particular, the number of patent applications was distinctly higher than in the other countries (778 and 772 patents applied for per million residents respectively). Sweden and Finland also top the list, with roughly 400 applications each. As far as our neighbouring countries are concerned, Germany (320) and The Netherlands (295) do well. France has 177 patent applications per million residents. 


Expertisecentrum Onderzoek en Ontwikkelingsmonitoring (ECOOM) (Centre for Research & Development Monitoring): Indicatorenboek - octrooien (Indicators Book - patents) 
European Patent Office (EPO): Searching for Patents 


Patent: a patent grants an inventor the right to prohibit other parties from using or copying the invention over a certain period of time. In Europe, patents are applied for and granted under the European patent system (European Patent Office, or EPO).

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30 September 2019

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