Research and analysis

The economics of design rights

Design is of key importance to the UK economy, with £33.5 billion spent on design in 2008.

Documents

Chapter 1: Design services, design rights and design life lengths in the UK

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Chapter 2: Registered designs and business performance - exploring the link

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Chapter 3: design right case studies

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Chapter 4: design rights, an international comparison

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Details

Its importance to the UK economy prompted the Intellectual Property Office to commission a set of research projects around design rights which has been produced in four chapters.

The chapters

Chapter 1: design services, design rights and design life lengths in the UK

This chapter looks at where design activity takes place in the UK, how it is purchased (bought externally or created internally) and how registered rights are used.

Authors: Annarosa Pesole, Imperial College Business School (ICBS) Jonathan Haskel, ICBS and CEPR.

This chapter looks at the impact registered design rights have on business performance, given a UK or EU design registration.

Authors: Elif Bascavusoglu-Moreau and Bruce S. Tether, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London.

Chapter 3: design right case studies

This chapter is a survey looking at the reasons for the behaviour of firms when interacting (or not as the case may be) with the IP framework for design.

Authors: Dr James Moultrie, Finbarr Livesey.

Chapter 4: design rights, an international comparison

This chapter is an international comparison of design systems in the UK, France and Germany.

Author: BOP Consulting

Published 21 September 2011