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Computer-Technology Patents Increase in 2012

The number of patent applications for computer-related technologies filed worldwide in 2012 increased by 18.6 percent—from 11,974 to 14,205—over 2011, according to an analysis by Sweet and Maxwell, a publisher of legal information. The firm found that many of the filings involved technologies used by smartphones and tablets. Sweet and Maxwell said many also involved graphene, a substance made of carbon that is the focus of considerable research because of its useful electronic, optical, and other properties. In 2012, the European Patent Office received 258,000 patent applications—many from Japan, Chinese, and Korean organizations—a new record that was 5.7 percent more than in 2011. (BBC)(The Telegraph)(European Patent Office)(Sweet & Maxwell)

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