Policy Briefing

Understanding the role of IP protection in UK firms’ growth, productivity and innovation 1998-2016: Patents, trade marks and registered designs reconsidered

Based on new intellectual property (IP) protection histories for around 110,000 UK firms from 1995-2018, we examine the contribution of UK registered patents, trade marks and registered designs to growth, productivity and innovation outcomes

Associated Themes
  • Innovation
  • Productivity and performance

Our analysis emphasises the strong sectoral differences in the use of IP protection mechanisms, and for the most IP-intensive sectors, suggests a positive association between IP protection use and growth and productivity. We find strong causal registered design-to-innovation relationships but weaker patent-to-innovation and trade mark-to-innovation relationships.