Norway leading in patent applications
05. September 10
A new OECD report shows that newly established (i.e. below or around 5 years old) Norwegian companies account for 21 % of the patent applications from Norway to EPO (the European Patent Office).
This might indicate that there is a growth in innovation among Norwegian companies,
and that we as a country are not only relying on our more traditional means of
income, e.g. oil and gas, fisheries and shipping. This is good news, especially
in times like this with slow economic growth.
The same OECD report also states the following: "In countries that are good at
commercializing new ideas, such as America and Norway, even newly founded firms
coin valuable intellectual property".
Normally the number of Norwegian companies having filed patent applications have
been much lower than e.g. the Danish companies. To compare, the percentage of
filed patent applications of young Danish companies was 16.
The OECD has also found a clear link between number of filed patent application
and the actual innovation in a company.