Intellectual property enforcement in smaller UK firms: findings from a survey in 2009-10

Christine Greenhalgh, Robert Pitkethly, Mark Rogers

Research output: Unpublished contribution to conferenceUnpublished Conference Paper


This report details research into the enforcement of intellectual property (IP). It considers the attitudes and practices of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro firms as well as the cost implications of the
present IP enforcement system in the UK. According to an earlier report for SABIP, by Weatherall et al. 2009, in the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property questions of enforcement were largely addressed through assertion, rather than empirical research. This report aims to provide such research. Our study included both an online survey and a phone survey. These concentrated on SMEs and micro firms rather than being a comparative study with large firms. Further work obtained information on Patents and Registered Design cases listed for hearings in the Patents Court from 2003 to 2009. The analysis of this data provides some evidence that complements the results of the survey.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages106
Publication statusUnpublished - 2010
Event5th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association - Maastricht, Netherlands
Duration: 20 Sept 201021 Sept 2010


Conference5th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association


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