Intellectual property enforcement in smaller UK firms: a report for the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP)

Christine Greenhalgh, Jeremy Phillips, Robert Pitkethly, Mark Rogers, Joshua Tomalin

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Abstract

This report details research into the enforcement of intellectual property (IP). It considers the attitudes and practices of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro firms as well as the cost implications of the
present IP enforcement system in the UK. According to an earlier report for SABIP, by Weatherall et al. 2009, in the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property questions of enforcement were largely addressed through assertion, rather than empirical research. This report aims to provide such research. Our study included both an online survey and a phone survey. These concentrated on SMEs and micro firms rather than being a comparative study with large firms. Further work obtained information on Patents and Registered Design cases listed for hearings in the Patents Court from 2003 to 2009. The analysis of this data provides some evidence that complements the results of the survey.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherIntellectual property office
Number of pages106
Publication statusUnpublished - 2010

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