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Number of the month November: Patent applications of independent inventors in 2018

Last year, 2 849 patent applications were filed by independent inventors, corresponding to 6.7 percent of domestic applications. Compared to the previous year, the number thus fell by eight percent. "Freelance inventors often have a difficult position on the market, but they are still an important part of our innovation landscape", said DPMA President Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer. "Since the number of patent applications from this group is declining, it is particularly important for us to keep an eye on them."
The analysis was carried out by the DPMA on the occasion of this year's iENA (Ideas-Inventions-New Products) trade fair, which begins on 31 October in Nuremberg and at which inventors from all over the world present their technical innovations.

You can find out more in our press release of 11 October 2019 (in German).

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Last updated: 4 November 2019 

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