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Findings from the 2022 Edition of The Intellectual Property SME Scoreboard

The 2022 edition of the Intellectual Property SME Scoreboard, a major EU-wide survey released on the 28th of September by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) through the European Observatory on Infringements of IP rights, shows that only 10 % of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU own registered intellectual property (IP) rights such as national and European trade marks, designs and patents.

The new survey shows that a large majority of EU SMEs may not know how to best profit from their intellectual assets or where to find help to develop their IP strategies.

Nevertheless, the 2022 SME Scoreboard also shows that nearly all (93%) SMEs with registered IP rights experienced a positive impact on their business.

SMEs cited improved reputation or image of the company (60%), better IP protection (58%), and better long-term business prospects (48%) due to registering their IP rights.

For more information from this year's scoreboard, please click here for the executive summary and here for this useful infographic. If you want to read the report in full, please click here.