Irish patents fall below EU average

The number of patents granted to Irish companies and researchers increased by 18 per cent last year, but Ireland still lags well behind the European average for patents.

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Ian Kehoe

8th May, 2010

The number of patents granted to Irish companies and researchers increased by 18 per cent last year, but Ireland still lags well behind the European average for patents.

The European Patent Office (EPO) granted 145 patents to Ireland last year, up from 122 for 2008.That brought the total number of patents registered in Ireland to 33,800.The number of patent applications to the EPO also increased by six to 480 during the year.

The EPO said that Ireland was behind...

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