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October 14, 2020 News

Use of IPR bundles by EU Firms


 

This new study published by the EUIPO through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights looks at EU firms’ simultaneous use of patents, trade marks and registered designs to protect their innovation. It is based on a sample of more than 63 000 companies across all Member States. The study shows that firms that use multiple IP rights (IPRs) account for a disproportionate share of employment and turnover among the firms in the sample. Larger firms tend to have more IPR bundles than SMEs. Patents are the right most frequently combined with other IPRs. The study also found significant differences in the bundling of IPRs across sectors of the economy, with firms in the manufacturing sector much more likely to bundle IPRs than those in the services sector. This study, and all other Observatory studies, can be found on the Observatory webpage.


 
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