The Economic Importance of Patents

  • Aubrey Silberston
Part of the British Association for the Advancement of Science book series


The purpose of this study is to estimate the importance to the United Kingdom of those industries and services which are patent-based, in the sense that they are dependent, directly or indirectly, on patent protection for their commercial success. The study parallels, as closely as possible, an earlier study carried out by CLIP (the Common Law Institute of Intellectual Property) on the economic importance of copyright.1


Gross Domestic Product Patent Application Patent Protection Patent System Combine Index 
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