4 Innovation Process

4.2 UK's patenting performance

Why is it significant?

Patents are one means of protecting the intellectual property invested in an innovation, and can provide an indication of how successful the UK is at converting knowledge into new products or processes.   

How does the UK perform?

The UK’s under-performs nearly all its major competitors in terms of the number of patents granted or filed per head of the population. The UK’s level of patenting is lower than Germany or France but better than Italy’s (Chart 4.2). 

Last updated on 12 March 2002