The association between the use of IP by UK SMEs in 2001 and subsequent performance in 2002 to 2004

Rogers, Mark, Greenhalgh, Christine and Helmers, Christian (2007). The association between the use of IP by UK SMEs in 2001 and subsequent performance in 2002 to 2004. UK Intellectual Property Office.

Abstract

This report analyses the 2001 cohort of UK SMEs. The specific focus is on the link between IP activity in 2001 and subsequent performance (to 2004). The 2001 cohort contains 130,082 SMEs of which 3,123 were IP active (2.4%). Specifically, 1,872 SMEs had at least one UK trade mark publication; 697 had one or more Community trade mark registrations; 646 SMEs had one or more UK patents; and 443 had one or more EPO patent publications. The outcome and financial performance of the SMEs is analysed in various ways. Initially, we look at the determinants of survival to 2004. We then look at growth of assets and turnover for the period 2001 to 2004.

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