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Patent filings remain steady from ‘resilient’ Scottish firms

Friday, 07 April 2017

The number of Scottish filings made to the European Patent Office (EPO) remained steady in 2016 – and Marks & Clerk says this demonstrates the country’s resilience in a period of economic uncertainty.

The EPO’s recently-released annual report shows 7,226 applications came from the UK (a 1.8% increase on 2015).  Of those, 247 came from Scotland, compared with 246 in 2015.

The leading Intellectual Property Specialist believes the statistics demonstrate that innovation is continuing to thrive in Scotland.

Tim Hargreaves, Chartered (UK) and European Patent Attorney, and Partner, at Marks & Clerk’s Edinburgh office, said: “The fact we did not see a dip in the number of Scottish patent filings last year is welcome news indeed given the uncertainty of 2016.

“Particularly in the wake of the EU referendum, uncertainty was arguably at an all-time high and headlines were awash with doom-and-gloom economic forecasts and predictions of weak business investment.

“However, Scotland is famed for innovation and these statistics show that our companies remain committed to growth and development, and continue to recognise the importance of protecting the fruits of their innovation overseas.”

In technology fields, the figures for the whole of the UK showed Transport saw the highest number of patent applications (354) followed closely by Medical Technology (339) and Measurement (320).  Computer technology (310) and Digital Communication (278) also featured in the top five.

Rolls-Royce Plc filed most patents (372) followed by Unilever Nv/Plc (237) and British Telecom (177).

Full details on the report can be found at: http://www.epo.org/about-us/annual-reports-statistics/annual-report/2016.html





Issued by Beattie on behalf of Marks & Clerk


Notes to Editors

Marks & Clerk is the largest firm of intellectual property advisers in the UK and is recognised as one of the world’s leading IP firms. The firm has Scottish offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Its patent and trade mark attorneys offer a full range of intellectual property services – covering patents, trade marks, designs and copyright – for clients ranging from SMEs and spinouts to universities and multinationals. 

The firm’s patent attorneys all have scientific or engineering backgrounds whilst its trade mark attorneys advise on all areas of brand protection.

Services include: obtaining patent and trade mark protection worldwide; portfolio management; IP strategy and commercialisation; licensing; enforcement; and due diligence.

Marks & Clerk was co-founded in 1887 by Scots inventor Sir Dugald Clerk and renowned engineer George Croydon Marks. Its long-established Scottish practice traces its roots (as Cruikshank & Fairweather) back to 1886, making it the oldest firm of patent attorneys in Scotland. Marks & Clerk now employs over 60 staff across its Scottish offices.

With a network of 16 offices across the UK (eight locations), continental Europe, North America and Asia, and long-established relationships with other leading IP firms worldwide, the firm is able to assist innovators to protect and maximise the value of their intellectual assets on a local and global basis.


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