Semiconductors represent the heart in the world of electronics. This is why the semiconductor industry is one of the most dynamic worldwide. Semiconductors are now found in most electronic devices and are used by so many different industries: from mobile phones to computers via the automotive sector and many others.
The number of patents in the field of semiconductors is continuously increasing, and the ranking of the world manufacturers is led by the Korean Samsung followed by the American Intel (major manufacturer of computers’ microchips).
The latest statistics published by EPO office, show a sharp increase (21% over 2020) in the number of European patents filed by the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturers.
Source: EPO Patent Index 2021