UK Design as a Global Industry: International Trade and Intellectual Property

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Lucy Montgomery

Big Innovation Centre

Andrew Sissons

Big Innovation Centre

Spencer Thompson

Big Innovation Centre

Date Written: July 16, 2012

Abstract

The importance of design to the UK economy is widely recognised. It is one of the key pillars of the knowledge economy, it plays an important role in the innovation process, and it is one of a number of specialism’s that help to set the UK apart from global competition. But despite this importance, the nature of design-intensive industries - the businesses that practice and sell design - is remarkably hard to pin down.

This uncertainty renders it hard to analyse, and makes it difficult to develop clear, consistent policies to support the designers. The Hargreaves Review recommended that more research was needed to develop a clear evidence base for improving the intellectual property system for design.

This report forms part of that evidence base. It examines how UK design figures in the global economy, and considers how the intellectual property system can best support its growth.

Suggested Citation

Montgomery, Lucy and Sissons, Andrew and Thompson, Spencer, UK Design as a Global Industry: International Trade and Intellectual Property (July 16, 2012). Intellectual Property Office Research Paper No. 2012/14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2710620 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2710620

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Andrew Sissons

Big Innovation Centre

Ergon House
Horseferry Rd
London, SW1P 2AL
United Kingdom

Spencer Thompson

Big Innovation Centre

Ergon House
Horseferry Rd
London, SW1P 2AL
United Kingdom

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