Swiss companies such as Novartis, Swatch and Nestlé have filed numerous patents in the field of technologies related to three-dimensional printing. The European Patent Office places the country at the top of the number of applications in relation to its population.
Switzerland is at the forefront of 3D printing, the country having filed a significant number of patents in this area. Large groups such as Novartis and Nestlé are particularly active in this area, but also many SMEs, said the European Patent Office (EPO) on Monday.
Compared to its population, Switzerland is the country that files the most patent applications with the EPO in the field of technologies related to 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, the European institution said in a press release. .
Among the leaders in this field are the hearing aid manufacturer Sonova, the Novartis laboratory, the chemist Clariant, the watchmaker Swatch and the food giant Nestlé. Apart from these large groups, Swiss SMEs have issued 28% of patents for 3D printing, including Sintratec, Medartis and Hirschberg.
About 13% of patent applications come from institutions such as the University of Zurich and the Federal Polytechnic of Zurich.
More generally, 47% of all patent applications in this sector come from Europe and mainly from Germany, the United Kingdom and France.
“The technology is more and more mature, its added value more and more recognized, in particular to save resources and manufacture complex products at lower costs”, specified the EPO, adding that 3D printing has “the potential to revolutionize the entire business value chain ”.
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