The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (June 2015) The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights and the European Patent Office had carried out an EU-wide study on the contribution of intellectual property rights (IPRs) to the EU economy (cf below).
This follow-up study carried out by the EU Observatory delves into the contribution of IPRs to individual firms in Europe. Main findings:
•Companies that own IPRs tend to have almost 6 times more employees than companies that do not.
•Their revenue per employee is 29% higher on average.
•They pay wages that are on average 20% higher than firms that do not.
•About 40% of large companies own IPRs.
•Although only 9% of small businesses own IPRs, the firms that do have almost 32% more revenue per employee than firms that do not.