Intellectual Property Office sets out new evidence and research projects

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) today announced its research programme to help maintain the UK’s position at the forefront of research into the economic impact of intellectual property rights.

For the past two years, the IPO has worked with academia and industry to help develop the economic evidence base and forge relationships in the intellectual property (IP) research community, nationally and internationally. The programme proposed for 2013 /14 builds on this work.

New research projects and areas of investigation will include:

  • The role of IP in facilitating business finance and economic growth
  • A long-term series of projects to develop an economic approach to evaluating the impact of IP enforcement measures, including educational campaigns
  • Patent framework and competitiveness and whether this is supporting the competitiveness of UK business sectors
  • The growth and demand of trade mark applications. This will examine the reasons behind the 40% increase in UK trade mark applications since the downturn
  • The impact of potential European Union policy-wide influence on the copyright framework
  • An assessment of the costs and benefits of using mediation rather than the court service for IP disputes

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