EPO and EUIPO publish new study on contribution of IP rights to EU economy

by Yusuke Inui (Assistant to the Reporter General of AIPPI)

On October 25, 2016, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) published a study entitled “Intellectual property rights intensive industries and economic performance in the European Union.”  This is the most recent study of the series of studies jointly conducted by the EPO and the EUIPO since 2013 on the contribution of intellectual property rights (IPRs) to the EU economy.

The main aim of this study was to provide an updated, improved assessment of the combined contribution to the economies of the EU from industries that make intensive use of the different types of IPRs.  The study confirmed the economic benefits of trade marks, designs, patents, copyright, geographical indications (GI) and plant variety rights, and showed that industries that use IPRs intensively have shown more resilience during the economic crisis.

The study found, for example, that 38% of all employment in the EU can be attributed, directly and indirectly, to IPR-intensive industries.  Further, average wages in IPR-intensive industries are more than 46% higher than in other industries.  42% of GDP in the EU is attributable to IPR-intensive industries, and IPR-intensive industries account for about 90% of EU trade with the rest of the world.

More detailed information about the study as well as the full text of the study can be found at: