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LifestylePatents are all around us. They protect the inventions that are present in countless everyday objects, from phones and washing machines to clothes and cars. Discover how patents make your life easier and better.
Space and satellitesFrom GPS to Google Maps, space and satellite technologies are constantly inspiring new products and services that boost the global economy.
The future of medicineFor the past 15 years, medical technologies have been the leading category among patent applications to the European Patent Office.
Materials scienceFrom self-healing concrete to nano-capsules that deliver drugs directly to tumours, new materials can help solve pressing industrial, societal and environmental problems.
Sustainable technologiesGroundbreaking inventions help to generate tomorrow's electricity while preserving resources and lowering environmental impact.
Mobile economyWhile sales of desktop PCs are declining, smartphones and tablet computers emerge as a booming market. E-book readers are giving printed books a run for their money. What are the inventions fueling this digital revolution?