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Dutch patent requests down

The Netherlands has dropped to ninth place in the top 15 countries with the most filings for patent requests. Last year, Dutch companies requested 14 percent fewer international patents than in 2010.

According to figures by the World Intellectual Property Organistion (WIPO) published on Monday, the total number of requests in 2011 grew by over 10 percent worldwide in spite of the poor economic circumstances, setting a new record. China headed the list, followed by Japan and Canada.

In the list of companies, Dutch electronics firm Philips fell from fifth to ninth place. The Dutch firm requested 1148 patents, almost 285 fewer than in 2010. Chemical company DSM fell 12 places into 85th place.

The highest number of requests for patents was by Chinese telecom company ZTE, beating Japan’s Panasonic in second place.

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