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Patent filing rise reveals role of innovation in driving Scottish economy

Leading intellectual property (IP) practice Marks & Clerk today highlights the crucial role of IP in powering the Scottish economy as new statistics show patent filing is on the up.

The European Patent Office’s (EPO) annual report, published yesterday (March 7) reveals increased patent filing in the country.

UK companies and entrepreneurs file at the EPO to protect inventions and innovations in all 38 of the EPO’s member states. The EPO’s latest annual report, covering patents filed and granted in 2017, reveals that 271 patents were filed from Scotland – an increase of 9.7% on the previous year.

Patent filing in Scotland also outperformed the UK as a whole, which saw a 2.4% increase in filing.

Growth in patent filing across the UK was driven by key sectors including medical technology (up 7.1%), biotechnology (up 25.3%), pharmaceuticals (up 15.7%) and civil engineering (up 20.2%).

Paul Chapman, a Partner in Marks & Clerk’s Edinburgh office said: “Scotland continues to lead the way in industries as diverse as food and drink, pharmaceuticals and energy and this is reflected in the fact that filings from Scotland have grown nearly 10 per cent year on year.

“Between 2015 and 2016 patent filings remained steady[1] demonstrating resilience amid economic uncertainty – and this year’s rise is figures is even more encouraging, showing there is a now a fresh wave of confidence.

“The dynamism of the Scottish economy is reflected in these latest statistics from the EPO which shows Scotland to be an innovation hotspot.

“By filing with the EPO, businesses from the region are protecting their IP both at home, and in key overseas markets, ensuring Scottish innovation is successful globally.”

Leading UK regions for EPO applications  Patents Filed                       Change  

Greater London                                                        1716                           +10.6%

East of England                                                          623                             +3.1%

North West England                                                    571                             +2%

South East England                                                     503                            -12.4%

West Midlands                                                             478                             +6.5%

South West England                                                     469                             - 3.1%

Scotland                                                                          271                             +9.7%

Wales                                                                              218                             +7.4%

Yorkshire & the Humber                                                185                             -10.6%

East Midlands                                                                 95                              +1.1%

North East England                                                         66                             +15.8%

Northern Ireland                                                             63                                -4.5%

Full details of the annual report can be found at: http://www.epo.org/about-us/annual-reports-statistics/annual-report/2017.html

[1] 247 patent filings came from Scotland in 2016 compared with 246 in 2015

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