Report: Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies (4IR)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The European Patent Office (EPO) publishes a new study on the technological panorama of the so-called fourth industrial revolution. It takes more than 48,000 patent applications submitted up to 2016 and organized into three relevant technological sectors: connected smart objects, data driven value creation y software-driven innovation
European patent applications related to smart connected objects are rising rapidly, achieving a growth rate of 54% in the last three years, the first European Patent Office (EPO) landscaping study on "Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)" reveals. Conducted by the EPO in co-operation with Handelsblatt Research Institute, the study examines this profound technology trend that is now being observed across a whole range of technical fields.

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