Last year saw a dramatic rise in the number of patents granted to Portugal by the European Patent Office. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of patents granted rose 15.3%, the highest rate of growth in a decade! The areas with the most applications were medication and medical technology. Porto led the country with 16% of applications, and Universidade do Porto ranked in the top 5 applicants.
The growth was not contained to Portugal; Europe overall applied for more patents in 2017 with a 3.9% growth, highlighting the rising interest in STEM and tech knowledge across the continent. We've already reported on the emphasis of these fields in Portuguese schools and the growth of these markets in Portugal. This recent news highlights the ideal timing for international students to study abroad in Portugal!