Fri 22nd Sep 2017

Building the Evidence Base on the Performance of the UK Patent System

Services: IP strategy, Patents


The UK Intellectual Property Office has published a study on the performance of the UK patent system, and concluded that it operates in an overall positive way.

Download a copy of the 76-page Building the Evidence Base on the Performance of the UK Patent System.

Of note, it confirms that the UKIPO has some of the lowest application and renewal costs of the key national offices studied, and the standards of patent examination and customer services were rated highly by stakeholders.

The study highlights a number of interesting observations. For instance, UK firms are under-represented in patent applications, with SMEs having particularly low levels of patenting among UK firms. The presence of UK firms patenting abroad is negligible.

This underrepresentation cannot be easily explained by commercial considerations, and other factors, such as cultural differences, inventor incentives, and levels of awareness of patenting, might play a part. Thus UK firms may wish to evaluate their overall patenting strategy in light of this study to keep step with their competitors abroad.


This briefing is for general information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice relating to your particular circumstances. We can discuss specific issues and facts on an individual basis. Please note that the law may have changed since the day this was first published in September 2017


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