Switzerland the market leader in Europe in 3D printing innovations
Switzerland is a key location for innovation in the field of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. In fact, no other country applies to the European Patent Office (EPO) for as many 3D printing technology patents per capita and in relation to economic performance, a fact highlighted in a study published by the EPO on 13 July.
Here is an overview of the results of the study:
- No other country with more 3D printing patent applications per capita
- Zurich and Aargau among the top innovative regions for 3D printing in Europe
- More than a quarter of 3D printing patent applications come from SMEs
- EPO has recorded a boom in 3D printing patents
- Europe leads ahead of the USA and Asia
- 3D printing has the potential to redesign value chains
The canton of Zurich is one of the leading regions in Europe in terms of the number of patent applications for 3D printing. It ranks third in Europe behind Munich and Barcelona, but ahead of Berlin. The canton of Aargau ranks eighth among the top regions in Europe, while Vaud is in 17th place.
Boom in patent applications
The EPO has seen a boom in patent applications for 3D printing in recent years. At an average of 36% per year (from 2015 to 2018), patent applications for 3D printing have grown ten times faster than the total number of annual patent applications (+3.5%). The leading Swiss patent applicant in the field of 3D printing is the hearing aid manufacturer Sonova, followed by Novartis, Clariant, Swatch and Nestlé. Swiss SMEs account for 28% of 3D printing applications, making their contribution above average compared to the rest of Europe.
The IPI’s IP Management Award goes to Pettastic!
A strategy for success – how a Swiss start-up protects its inventions
Federal Council adopts strategic objectives for Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Termination of the Agreement between Switzerland and Germany on Reciprocal Protection for Patents, Designs and Trade Marks
Conference on intellectual property law – industrial data sharing, 7 June 2022
EPO/IPI - invitation to a free public online seminar on patenting topics in green tech
How SMEs protect their primary raw material – know-how
Swiss Innovation Forum 2020 to be held as an online festival