A study published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (Euipo) and the European Patent Office (EPO) indicates that companies, but especially SMEs, which have at least one registered patent, mark or design, generate in

In addition, it was found that IPR-holders pay on average 19% higher than the others.

The study, entitled “Illegal Property Rights and Business Performance in the EU” (EU) confirms the strong link between ownership of IPR by an enterprise and its economic performance.

In detail, with regard to individual IPRs, patent ownership has the most significant association with the performance of the individual company (with a turnover per employee of 36 percent and 53 percent higher wages) than those that do not hold any IPRs.

The following are the ownership of registered designs (with a turnover of 32 percent and wages of 30 percent higher) and trademark ownership (with a turnover of 21 percent higher and wages of 17 percent higher).

The new study provides further indication of the importance of IPR for the economy

European. A previous EUIPO-UEB joint study published in 2019 on intellectual property-intensive industries already showed that these sectors in Europe generate a significant and growing share of economic activity and employment.

A further joint study by the EPO and the EUIPO, also published in 2019, also pointed out that the SMEs holding registered patents, trademarks or designs were more likely to achieve a strong increase in the number of firms than other companies.

Taken together, these studies provide convincing evidence of the relationship between IPR and economic performance, both at macroeconomic level and at the level of individual companies.

The study also isolated the benefits of intellectual property rights from other factors, such as the size of a company or the countries and sectors in which it operates.

The results confirm the positive association between IPR ownership and economic performance, with 55 percent more turnover per employee for companies with intellectual property rights than those that do not have.

The analysis also shows that this ratio is even more marked for the SMEs: those who hold DPI have a turnover per employee of 68% higher than those who do not have it.

In the case of large companies, turnover is 18 percent higher. The study highlighted the considerable potential of the economic exploitation of IPR, particularly for SMEs, and noted that less than 9 percent of them in Europe had one of three types of IPR, compared to the average of almost six out of ten large enterprises. In addition, SMEs using different IPRs have an even higher turnover per employee.

Small firms with patents and trademarks generate 75 per cent of

The Commission notes that the Commission’s decision to initiate the procedure for the application of Article 107 (1) TFEU is not sufficient to establish whether the measures are compatible with the internal market.

In addition, SMEs holding a combination of registered patents, trademarks and designs generate almost twice as much turnover per employee (98 %) as companies that do not own any of the three IPRs.

Finally, the Euipo report shows that IPR-holders are most represented in the information and communication sectors (with 18 percent of IPR-owned enterprises in the sector), manufacturing industry (14 %) and other service activities (14 %), and in the

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