|In comparison with the year 2001, there were changes in patent and utility model activities as follows: in 2002, 4,277 patent applications (4,733 in 2001) and 1,121 utility model applications (1,166 in 2001) were filed, 1,805 patents were granted (1,719 in 2001) and 1,043 utility models (1162 in 2001) were registered. The total number of filed patent applications decreased by 8,5 % for domestic applicants and by 10 % for foreign applicants; the number of filed utility model applications decreased approx. by 4% compared to 2001. The highest number of patent applications was filed in the field of organic chemistry.
Since May 10, 2000, (amendment of the patent law) till the end of 2002, a total of 41 applications for grant of SPCs were filed (38 for medicinal products, 3 for plant protection products).
After accession to the European Patent Convention on July 1, 2002, 5 European patent applications of Czech applicants were filed.