Econometric Analysis of the Use of Intellectual Property Protection Systems in Belgium
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This study examined the patents, trademarks, designs, drawings and plant breeders' rights of 15,193 Belgian companies during the period 2010-2019. A total of 82,190 intellectual property rights (IPRs) were registered, an average of 5.4 per company. These characteristics of companies with IPRs were then compared to 474,315 companies without IPRs. Both the average and compound growth of the companies, as well as their productivity, were examined.