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118 grants for patent filing were awarded in the Walloon Region in 2016. Businesses in the Biotechnology and Health sector were particularly represented.

Statistics indicate an important increase in patent applications across the globe for 2015 (2.9 million) under the impetus of China. Other intellectual property rights continue to enjoy increased success.

A brand new function enables PATENTSCOPE users to conduct searches by chemical structure included in patent documents. This function recognises the names of chemical compounds or their structures, based on diagrams included in patent applications.

The Proterra start-up is releasing its patents on the rapid recharging of electrical vehicles to accelerate development of the market.