concerning my recent research project I need the following data:
the number of patents applied concerning a specific company in a specific year.
Example for Advanced search of Espacenet:
Application number: 2010
Applicants: "Robert Bosch GmbH"
To promote the understanding of my question this link may help:
https://www.epo.org/about-us/annual-rep ... .html#tab1
Note: "Analysis based on European patent applications filed with the EPO in 2016 (Direct first and subsequent European applications and International (PCT) applications entering the European phase in 2016). Statistics are based on the first-named applicant."
Now to my questions:
- Is this "search approach" correct and purposeful?
- Does this search result (e.g. approximately 5.600 results) reflect all patents a specific company applied for in a specific year(European applications and International (PCT) applications)?
- How can I ensure that all subsidiaries of the company are included in the calculation?
Thanks for you support!
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