Sharp rise in industry 4.0 patent filings at EPO: 54% growth in three years

The European Patent Office (EPO) released its new study Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: the inventions behind digital transformation in December 2017. Based on the patent data of EPO and the expertise of the examiners the study analyzed and summarized the 4th industry revolution (4IR) innovation trend, characteristics of the technology convergence, as well as the global geography of the inventions.

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