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Title: First findings from the UK Innovation Survey 2005
Author: Stephanie Robson and Laurent Ortmans [Department of Trade and Industry]

Economic Trends no. 628: 58-64

Year: 2006


Subject/Type: IP Knowledge, IP Protection
Focus: Commercialisation
Country/Territory: United Kingdom
Objective: To provide a periodic snapshot of the spectrum of innovation inputs and outputs and of the constraints faced by UK businesses in their innovation efforts, across the entire range of UK industries and business enterprises.
Sample: 16.446 enterprises with 10+ employees across manufacturing and services sectors
Methodology: Postal questionnaire

Main Findings

In the three-year period from 2002 to 2004, similar proportions of enterprises rated strategic and formal intellectual property (IP) protection mechanisms as being of high importance. Overall, the formal IP protection mechanisms (IP rights) considered important were confidentiality agreements (11%), trademarks (6%), copyright (6%), patents (5%), and registrations of design (4%).

Strategic methods to protect the value of innovations ("strategic" ways of preventing emulation) rated as important include lead-time advantage on competitors (10%), secrecy (9%), and complexity of design (5%).

Large enterprises (with 250+ employees) attached greater importance than smaller enterprises to all methods for protecting IP, especially when it comes to confidentiality agreements (11% of smaller enterprises versus 22% or larger enterprises rating them as important), secrecy (8% versus 19%) and trademarks (6% versus 16%).

[Date Added: Aug 18, 2008 ]