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Research: Market success for inventions - Patent Commercialisation Scoreboard: European SMEs (Key findings)
This European Patent Office study covers the ability of European small and medium-sized enterprises to bring inventions covered by European patents to market. The study shows that SMEs typically rely on European patents to protect high-potential inventions. Up to two thirds of these inventions are commercially exploited – around half exclusively by an SME itself and half with a partner, usually from another European country. European patents make this process much easier by providing protection in up to 44 different national markets. By analysing the patent commercialisation practices of European SMEs, the study offers policymakers valuable insights into the challenges facing these key players in European innovation ecosystems. The study is the first of a series of scoreboards dedicated to the market success of European patents. See the full report here: https://www.epo.org/service-support/publications.html#tab1
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Categories: Patent System and Patent Quality, SMEs
Publications: Key findings - Intellectual property rights intensive industries and economic performance in the European Union. (September 2019)
This joint study by the EPO and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) analyses the contribution of IPR-intensive sectors to the EU economy. It covers all major IP rights (patents, trade marks, designs, copyright, geographical indications and plant varieties), identifies which industries make above-average use of them and quantifies the contribution of these IPR-intensive industries to major macro-economic variables (employment, wages, GDP, and trade) from across the EU as well as from Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. The study provides comprehensive and robust data, as well as a solid evidence base for policymakers. For the full report visit the EPO website: https://www.epo.org/service-support/publications.html?pubid=201#tab3.
Publications: How do universities and non-profit inventions contribute to gross output?
In this overview Prof. Dr. Koenraad Debackere of K.U. Leuven reflects on the AUTM Report: "The Economic Contribution of University/Non-profit Inventions in the United States: 1996-2017". The report finds that the total contribution of U.S. academic licensors to industry gross output between 1996 and 2017 range from $723 billion to $1.7 trillion (in 2012 USD) and the contributions to gross domestic product (GDP) range from $374 billion to $865 billion (in 2012 USD). In addition, the report estimates that the total number of person years of employment supported by the academic licensors’ licensed-product sales range from 2.676 million to 5.883 million during the 22-year period. Debackere presents the case for undertaking empirical studies on university innovation in other countries to support evidence-based policy making.
Publications: The Extraterritorial Enforcement of IPR Rulings: Coming Soon?
This 4iP Council briefing paper highlights areas of concern in relation to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgements in Civil or Commercial Matters proposed by the Hague Conference on International Law (HCCH).
Publications: Patents in the Fashion Industry
Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director, 4iP Council This article which appeared in the IPR Helpdesk Bulletin, Issue 29, April-June 2018 page 6, explores the growing use of patents in the fashion industry covering why and how they are being used.