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Innovative Power

Innovative Power

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Strong innovation performance

Germany enjoys an excellent reputation for its dynamic and innovative R&D environment. This is regularly confirmed by leading international studies on innovative capability. The latest example can be found in the current issue of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) which is used as an instrument by the European Commission to  monitor the innovative performance of the European countries. The EIS ranks Germany high in the group of leading innovators. Within the EU, only the Scandinavian countries and Belgium are ahead of Germany. With its innovative capability output, Germany is a prime location for R&D projects.

A proof of the 'world class performance' of German R&D departments is provided by the results of the surveys of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham). Ninety-one percent of companies rate Germany’s research & development as “good” or “very good.” The survey further highlights the availability of highly qualified scientists as wells as the regulatory environment for R&D. 

European patent leader

The great innovative power of German companies can be seen in the number of patents filed. In 2020, 20,056 German patent applications were approved by the European Patent Office - more than twice as much as French applications alone. Germany also leads Europe in triadic patent applications - the series of corresponding patents filed at the European Patent Office (EPO), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japanese Patent Office (JPO)). In 2019, with around 55 patents per million inhabitants, Germany occupied fourth place behind Switzerland, Japan and Sweden respectively.

Industry potential to invest in research and development

Germany's position as a high-tech location is no mere accident. Companies invest significant sums in order to continually bring innovative products and services to the market. According to the Joint Initiative of German Industry for Promoting Science and Humanities (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft), internal economy-related research and development expenditure accounted for EUR 64.3 billion in 2019.

High Proportion of Innovation

In 2016, more than 65,000 EU companies from the manufacturing sector launched a new product.  Almost 16,000 (23.9%) of these companies are German, illustrating Germany’s leading position in the European Union. Companies from France and the UK make up a combined share of 20.3%, while Italy ranks higher with a share of 29,2%.
The German Institute for Economic Research found that German research intensive sectors within the manufacturing industry achieve the highest turnovers in Europe (2010).Companies can secure market leadership in the corresponding niche by quickly bringing their latest innovations to market maturity.

European King of Patents

The great innovative power of German companies can be seen in their number of patents: In 2018, 20,804German patent applications were approved by the European Patent Office, almost twice as much as the French and British applications combined. Germany also leads Europe in triadic patents (series of corresponding patents filed at the European Patent Office (EPO), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japanese Patent Office (JPO)). In 2017, with about 56 patents per million inhabitants, Germany came in fifth behind Switzerland, Japan, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Bar Graph: Number of Patents Granted by Country of Origin (2018)
Bar Graph: Number of Patents Granted by Country of Origin (2018) | © European Patent Office 2019 | Germany Trade & Invest
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