| || ||In 2002 the Irish Office received 982 patent applications, a decrease of 16% compared to 2001. 914 of these applications, i.e. 93%, were received from applicants within the State and 278 claimed priority under the Paris Convention. The Patents Act, 1992, offers applicants the choice of a ten year (short-term) or twenty year (full-term) patent - in 2002 approximately 47% of applicants opted for the full-term patent.
The Office acts as a receiving office for European (EP) applications and also for applications filed under the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT). The number of EP applications filed in 2002 was 119, a reduction of 24% over the 2001 figure. The number of PCT applications filed went up slightly from 162 to 175, an increase of 8% over the same period.
The number of European patent applications filed with the EPO in 2002 and designating Ireland was 96,779, a reduction of almost 7% on the 2001 figure.
The Office granted 617 national patents, an increase of almost 12% over the figure for 2001.
In 2002, the number of granted European patents designating Ireland was 13,573, an increase of 71% over the 2001 figure.
A total of 35 applications for Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC's) were received in 2002 and 11 SPCs were granted.