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Patent use, Technology Licensing and IP management in UK firms

In  partnership with the  UK Intellectual Property Office, this study will gather evidence on the role of patent protection in the UK economy, the use of patents by firms (especially innovative firms) and on the strategies being used by firms to manage their IP . We bring new academic thinking on these issues (in the US and UK) to bear on a small-scale survey project.

The results of the survey  will be able to plug important evidentiary gaps about the recourse to patenting by innovative firms and also the use of patents though licensing and cross-licensing in the UK economy. In addition detailed interviews  of  IP management practices in UK firms based on similar surveys conducted in the US will enable a deeper understanding of the organisational issues and practices regarding IP valorisation in  UK firms. We expect that this understanding and analysis of the survey data will be a valuable input in training programmes to raise awareness about patent use in small and medium firms and can also inform policy on intellectual property in the UK and the UK’s position on patent use legislation at the EU-level.