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Upcoming research - what's next?

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We are excited to announce the publication of the Intellectual Property Office’s (IPO) new research programme for 2014-2015. As readers of IPO Facto will be aware, our team commissions a wide range of intellectual property (IP)-related research to build the economic evidence base. That evidence is key to the IPO’s policy deliberations.

Our reports cover economics, innovation and strategic aspects of IP.

We publish a research programme every year, and for 2014-2015, our research projects and areas of investigation have a strong focus on IP as an engine of growth. It will include:

  • work to build on earlier enforcement research and  examine how IP enforcement can best support incentives for creativity and innovation
  • evaluation of IP trading platforms to support follow up support IPO’s action plan to improve access to finance for IP rich firms
  • analysis of the IP framework in UK and how it supports the '8 Great Technologies' identified in the government's innovation strategy
  • investigation of patent developments in emerging markets, including compulsory licensing, and their impact on innovation and competitiveness further afield

We are very fortunate to engage with a variety of renowned researchers, both UK and international academics and consultants. Additionally, our research is discussed and peer reviewed by stakeholders, colleagues at the IPO and other government departments. We don’t like to brag, but our research is well respected by IP economists around the world and is often cited.

Have you any thoughts on our new programme? Interested in bidding for some of the topics listed? Drop us a line at or leave a comment below.  And watch our research pages as we publish our reports - upcoming reports from the 2013-2014 programmes include Measuring Infringement of IP Rights - a review of methodologies, 3D printing and Trademark Cluttering.

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