Tuesday, 20 May 2008

TW's Global Intellectual Property Index (GIPI)

The Global Intellectual Property Index (GIPI), launched by European law firm Taylor Wessing, presents a statistical comparison to date of how jurisdictions are viewed in terms of ‘IP competitiveness’. Jurisdictions are rated as places in which to obtain, exploit, enforce and attack the three main types of IP: trademarks, patents and copyright.

According to the report, it is most useful to consider the results of the GIPI in terms of five groupings or ‘tiers’ of IP competitiveness. These groupings are shown below. The only African country to appear in the tiers is South Africa, in tier 3. For more information on key findings of the index click here:

The Tiers of IP Competitiveness

Tier 1
UK, USA, Germany

Tier 2
Netherlands, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, France

Tier 3
Israel, Japan, Spain, South Africa, South Korea

Tier 4
Poland, Dubai (UAE), Italy, Mexico

Tier 5
India, Brazil, Russia, China

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