Study on the contribution of intellectual property rights to economic performance and employment in the EU

Publiceret 01-10-2016

The study was performed in cooperation between EUIPO and EPO. The study was published in October 2016.

  • 28 % of all jobs in the EU (60 million) can be directly attributed to IPR-intensive industries.
  • 38 % of all employment in the EU (82 million) can be attributed, directly and indirectly, to IPR-intensive industries.
  • IPR-intensive industries pay significantly higher wages than other industries, with a wage premium of 46 %.
  • 42 % of the total economic activity (GDP) in the EU is attributable to IPR-intensive industries, worth EUR 5.7 trillion.
  • IPR-intensive industries account for about 90 % of EU trade with the rest of the world, generating a trade surplus for the EU of EUR 96 billion.

The aim of this study is to provide an updated, improved assessment of the combined contribution to the economies of the EU from industries that make intensive use of the different types of intellectual property rights (IPR). The study confirms the economic benefits for Europe of trade marks, designs, patents, copyright, geographical indications (GI) and plant variety rights. It updates the study released in 2013 and shows that these industries that use IPR intensively have coped better during the crisis. Link to infographics, full report, executive summary and press release

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