World Intellectual Property Organization

The Economics of IP

Intellectual property (IP) protection has emerged as an important component of national economic policies. Governments face choices on how to design an IP system that best serves their policy objectives. They also need to respond to changes in technology and in business models that may challenge the status quo.

WIPO seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the economic effects of different IP policy choices and to offer a first entry point for anyone seeking information on the economics of IP.



WIPO synthesizes economic analysis, conducts original research, and commissions studies from academic economists. The resulting publications – taking the form of World IP Reports, WIPO Economic Research Working Papers, and Miscellaneous Economics Publications – seek to inform the public policy discourse on IP protection.

GII 2013

Global Innovation Index 2013

The Global Innovation Index (GII) is a recognition of the key role that innovation serves as a driver of economic growth and prosperity. It is also an acknowledgement of the need for a broad horizontal vision of innovation that is applicable to both developed and emerging economies, with the inclusion of indicators that go beyond the traditional measures of innovation.

WIPR 2013

World Intellectual Property Report 2013

WIPO’s second “World Intellectual Property Report” entitled “Brands: Reputation and Image in the Global Marketplace” offers new data and insights into the role of brands in the global economy and innovation infrastructure.

WIPO economic research working papers

The WIPO Economic Research Working Paper Series includes economic and statistical studies that are the outcome of professional research.

Development studies

Development studies include WIPO economic research projects contributing to narrowing the knowledge gap faced by IP policymakers in developing economies.

Seminar Series

The WIPO Seminar Series on the Economics of Intellectual Property features economists from around the world, presenting their latest research to a policy-oriented audience.

It seeks to stimulate an informed discourse on the effects of IP policies on economic performance.

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IP statistics

WIPO cooperates with IP offices across the world to collate, analyze and publish up-to-date statistics, including reports on IP filing activity worldwide.  Find out more about WIPO statistics.

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