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The Economics of IP

Intellectual property (IP) protection is an important component of national economic policies. Governments face complex choices on how to design an IP system that best serves their policy objectives, and how to respond to changes in technology and in business models that 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 information on the economics of IP.


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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 2015

Global Innovation Index

Published each year, the Global Innovation Index (GII) ranks the innovation performances of over 141 countries and economies around the world, using some 79 indicators. The GII is co-published by WIPO, Cornell University and INSEAD.

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.


Economics Literature Database

WIPO’s Economics Literature Database is a knowledge tool for researchers, policy-makers, and anyone interested in the economics of IP. Browse the database to get a snapshot of the key academic literature in this field.

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Data for Researchers

WIPO's Data for Researchers page lists links to databases containing innovation-related statistics that are frequently used in economics studies. It is a convenient starting point for researchers who are interested in obtaining empirical raw data on the subject matter.

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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Video: Copyright and the Value of the Public Domain: An Empirical Assessment - June 16, 2015

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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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