Tuesday, 15 July 2014

South East leads the Nation in Patenting

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Jane Lambert

According to the Intellectual Property Office Facts and Figures 2012-2013 2,822 applications were made to the Intellectual Property Office for British patents from South East England in 2013 and 437 patents were granted to applicants from that region in that year. That is better than any other region in the UK. London was second in the number of applications (2,588) and also in the number of grants (346). The East of England was third in the number of applications (1,802) and the South West in the number of grants (340). Great industrial areas like the West Midlands, North West, Yorkshire and the North East were well behind both in the number of applications (1,180, 1,259, 984 and 314) and grants (192, 204, 171 and 52) respectively.

The South East also did well in trade marks with 6,197 applications and 5,258 registrations in 2013 in which it came second only to London 12,669 applications and 10,583 registrations (the figure in the table for the East Midlands being an obvious mistake). In registered designs the region was second to London in the number of applications (1,153 for London and 1,066 for the South East) but top in the number of registrations (883 for South East England and 720 for London).

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