The UK Intellectual Property Office has invested a lot of effort into raising awareness among UK firms. The primary focus has been on micro, small and medium sized firms on the assumption that larger firms have a higher level of awareness.
A survey published in 2006 confirmed the assumption. IP awareness increased with the size of firm. The same research was repeated in 2010 and yielded similar results about awareness as well as marking an increase in the overall awareness in the intervening period.
This didn't surprise me. I have commented previously about the prevailing climate that promotes such awareness.
What really surprised me was the low level of firms with an IP strategy.
Today's Financial Times has an article with the headline "Asia ahead in race to develop graphene".
This is a technology that the British Chancellor of the Exchequer described as a "great British discovery". However, the UK has only filed 101 of the 11,372 patents and patent applications filed worldwide in the field of graphene - a mere 0.9% of the total. Asia has filed 7,318.
I must apologize for the gap in postings. From the end of March, I have started working for Intellectual Ventures - the World's foremost invention capital company - as Vice President of Global Licensing in Europe.
It will be very busy as we build the team over the next few months to grow our business.
I would like to thank everybody who has stopped by this blog, especially those who have contacted me to give comments and feedback.
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Raymond Hegarty's business passion is intellectual property
He is a professional CEO who has managed businesses in Ireland, Luxembourg and Japan
He was recognised by IAM Magazine as one of the "World's Top 300 IP Strategists"
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