EU Science Hub

Technological innovation activities in the EU: a new perspective

  • In many EU countries, a high proportion of local inventions are owned by foreign companies. On the contrary, in few countries the number of patents owned is much higher than the local inventions.
  • Companies from Germany and the US are the most frequent foreign owners of patents invented in EU countries.
  • Concentration of patents across companies changes largely from one country to the other.
  • Differences between local inventions and patent ownership, as well as their concentration within countries matter for Innovation policies aiming at closing the EU gap of knowledge creation and technology diffusion.