Research at IPO

We carry out and commission research relating to intellectual property, patent applications, trade marks and copyright.

Our research programme aims to help us develop policy that’s informed by evidence, and to help us understand the needs of service users.

Research publications

You can search our research and analysis publications from 2010 to the present date. You can add keywords and other filters to refine the search results.

Older research and analysis publications are available from The National Archives.

Research priorities

Each financial year we decide and publish what our research priorities will be, in the role of intellectual property and the frameworks for patent applications, trade marks and copyright. For this year’s priorities see Research and evaluation priorities 2015/2016 (PDF, 81.8KB, 3 pages) .


We are committed to evaluating our policies to demonstrate impact. Our Evaluation strategy (PDF, 297KB, 4 pages) outlines the principles we apply when deciding how to plan for and carry out our evaluation projects.

Contact the research team

For more information on the IPO’s research email

To tender for IPO research, please contact our team on