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4iP releases highlights from new study on Computer Implemented Inventions

01 April 2015

35 per cent of the patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) over all sectors are covering Computer Implemented Inventions (CII) and 48 per cent of the jobs in the European Union within industry using patents are directly or indirectly dependent on CII patents. These are findings from a soon to be release 4iP study on CII.

The study further shows that 78 per cent of all CII patents filed at the EPO are within the manufacturing sector and that small medium size corporates as well as large corporates are filing such patents. Indeed, SMEs see protection for CII as most important for their business, in particular with respect to international competition. 68 per cent of the surveyed companies want to maintain the status quo for patent protection on CII.

The aim of the study, which analyses the EPO Worldwide Patent Statistical Database (PATSTAT) and company data from Bureau van Dijk's ORBIS database, was to empirically prove two major hypotheses based on the legal definition for CII developed in Europe:

  1. Patent filings on CII are not limited to the software industry and can be found across many industry sectors.
  2. In particular, small and medium size enterprises are benefitting and not suffering from patent protection on CII.

An overview of the study can be found here. White papers in English and German will be released by 4iP before the Summer.


[1] Based on 2010 data for: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia