Intellectual Property Rights intensive industries: contribution to economic performance and employment in Europe

Intellectual Property Rights intensive industries: contribution to economic performance and employment in Europe

The European Commission today welcomed the publication of a study on Intellectual Property Rights, carried out jointly by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).

The study, “Intellectual Property Rights intensive industries: contribution to economic performance and employment in Europe”, measures the importance of Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the EU economy.

Key findings of the study are that about 39% of total economic activity in the EU (worth some €4.7 trillion annually) is generated by IPR-intensive industries, and approximately 26% of all employment in the EU (56 million jobs) is provided directly by these industries, while a further 9% of jobs in the EU stems indirectly from IPR-intensive industries.

 

The study is available at:

Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM):

http://oami.europa.eu