A report from the European Patent Office (EPO) found that over the last decade, patent applications for three-dimensional (3D) printing technology rose eight times faster than the average of all technology fields combined.
The average annual growth rate was 26.3% from 2013 to 2020 for international patent families (IPFs) in 3D printing.
Said EPO president António Campinos, "Europe secured four of the top 10 spots for research institutions in additive manufacturing innovation. This bodes well for the future since technical progress in this field often stems from the cutting-edge research in these institutions."
Globally, more than 50,000 IPFs for 3D printing technologies have been filed since 2001, with the U.S. and Europe accounting for 39.8% and 32.9%, respectively, followed by Japan (13.9%), China (3.7%), and South Korea (3.1%).
Of the IPFs published from 2001 to 2020, about 20% were in the health and medical sector.
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