Invention disclosures and patent applications by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft 2012–2016
- More than three invention disclosures per working day
- More than two patent applications every working day
- Fraunhofer again among the Top 100 Global Innovators
In 2016, Fraunhofer reaffirmed its position as the top German research organization in terms of number of inventions, patent applications, and ownership of industrial property rights. Even when compared with the performance of industrial research departments, Fraunhofer’s output is outstanding. For ten successive years, Fraunhofer has ranked among the German Patent and Trade Mark Office’s 10 to 20 most prolific patent applicants, and has consistently held positions ranging between 5th and 10th in the register of trade marks. Similar statistics compiled by the European Patent Office (EPO) have placed Fraunhofer among the most active patent applicants for many years: in 2016 Fraunhofer ranked 45th.