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Intellectual property fast facts 2017

The latest fast facts about IP and its importance to the UK economy.


Fast facts 2017

Fast facts 2017


The booklet contains facts and figures which describe the intellectual property landscape and provides information on:

  • patents
  • trade marks
  • designs
  • copyright
  • enforcement
  • the IPO

The UK’s total annual investment in intellectual property rights (patents, designs, trade marks, copyright) is vast, more than 4% of our Gross domestic product. In 2014, firms in the UK invested an estimated £133 billion in knowledge assets, compared to £121 billion in tangible assets.

The booklet is a companion that can be used in briefings, speeches, discussions with stakeholders or statements to the media and general public.

Published 4 January 2017