IPO launches intellectual property study in UK

A research programme into intellectual property and its value to the British economy has been unveiled by intellectual property minister Baroness Wilcox.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) will carry out the research over the next year to ensure policy and decisions are supported by proper evidence.

The programme, which will see the IPO work with international partners in Europe and the US, includes an assessment of the role intellectual property plays in the knowledge economy and an analysis of data on levels of investment in copyright and design.

There will also be an assessment of the returns UK businesses receive from patents and a look at firms using alternatives to patents to protect innovation.