A total of 70 European patent applications filed by Aberdeen-based companies in 2012
Aberdeen has topped the table as Scotland's patent capital for the second year running.
Figures from the European Patent Office show a total of 70 European patent applications were filed by Aberdeen-based companies in 2012.
The figures compare with 65 applications from Edinburgh-based firms and 46 from firms based in Glasgow.
Craig Watson, managing partner of Aberdeen patent attorney HGF Aberdeen, said: “We can be proud of the innovative people and firms in Aberdeen City and Shire and how well we compare with the rest of Scotland, especially when taking population differences into account.”
Robert Collier, chief executive of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, added: “The north-east has an extremely strong knowledge economy which includes energy, life sciences, and its world class academic institutions.
“Our successful track record in research and design is one of the reasons that our regional economy continues to outperform the Scottish and UK averages despite the ongoing economic challenges.”