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Do a quarter of our jobs depend on IP protection?

Does efficient protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) encourages creativity and innovation? In the modern economy, this seems more important than ever. But to exactly what extent the protection of these rights really contributes to the economy is hard to judge. A joint study by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the European Patent Office (EPO) has recently gone some way to answering this question.