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The Global Intellectual Property Index (GIPI) provides a comprehensive assessment of how the intellectual property (IP) regimes of 43 important jurisdictions compare with each other. The European Union is treated as an additional jurisdiction in relation to IP rights that have been harmonised, i.e. trade marks and designs.

Each IP right (patents, trade marks, designs and copyright) is assessed as regards obtaining, exploiting, enforcing and attacking it. Each data protection regime is measured against the criteria of fairness, enforcement, compliance, administrative burden and disruption, each of which is explained more fully in that section.

This is our fifth GIPI report (GIPI5). The results are the statistical output from a worldwide survey of IP owners and users giving over 14,000 assessments, as weighted bearing in mind data from 50 objective sources (or ‘instrumental factors’). The latter includes published empirical data, such as the number of patent or trade mark filings and grants, the value of royalty fee payments, R&D expenditure and the origin of counterfeits as seized by customs.

The first report (GIPI1) was issued in May 2008. It covered 22 jurisdictions and just trade marks, copyright and patents. GIPI2 was released in May 2009 and included two further jurisdictions and two further IP rights (designs and domain names). GIPI3 was issued in 2011, covering the same 24 jurisdictions. It introduced a data protection index to replace the domains name one (which saw little change). GIPI4, issued in November 2013, covered the same IP rights and added in a further 12 countries.

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