The UK IPO publishes its Research Priorities for 2022-23

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has today published its Research Priorities for 2022-23. In it they are looking for expressions of interest for areas including the following: online copyright infringement tracker, counterfeit goods tracker, economics of streaming, trade secrets, AI and IP, IP and innovation, the cost of IP crime, OECD impact on the economic impact of trade in counterfeit goods, and the evaluation framework for the IPO’s counter-infringement strategy.

Here is the announcement from the UK IPO (full details can be found here):

Since 2010 the Economics, Research and Evidence (ERE) team in the IPO has published more than 100 research reports involving leading experts from the UK and around the world. This team of economists, researchers and analysts are working to:

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•             Build data on the role of IP in the UK economy. 

•             Link IP data to business data to better understand incentives and impacts. 

•             Tackle the gaps in empirical evidence and evaluate the impact of the key policy priorities for the IPO including the Innovation Strategy; the Counter Infringement Strategy; the AI and Futures work stream; and the Economics of Streaming. 

•             Support IP operations through analysis of patent pendency, and demand forecasting. 

The team continues to work closely with industry and academia to build support for building a better evidence base nationally and internationally, in partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization, the EU Intellectual Property Office, the European Patent Office, the US Patents and Trade Mark Office, the Canadian IPO, IP Australia and the OECD.

The IPO is keen to build partnerships with industry and academia wherever possible to maximise the influence that evidence and data can have on IP policy making, nationally and internationally.

This is an evolving programme of work, and the IPO welcomes expressions of interest from any potential suppliers in undertaking research in this space, or in helping deliver achievable and realistic research specifications.

Please contact to find out more.

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1 comment:

  1. One hopes the funding for the non-statutory activities of the IPO's ERO team will be coming from central government.

    My understanding of the trading fund order that set up the current operational organisation of the Patent Office (to use its legal name as opposed to its trading name) and the Treasury Guidelines relating to Trading Funds, is that income from official fees for statutory activities may only be used in connection with those statutory activities, and that using such funds for other purposes would amount to a form of illegal taxation. Certainly Paul Hartnack, the Comptroller who oversaw the change to Trading Fund status, was aware of this, and publicly stated some 30 years sgo that funding for copyright-related and policy activites had to be funded from central government, and not from official fees.


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