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    Survey shows companies consider intellectual property crucial in a downturn yet are failing to capitalise on it

    17 November 2008

    In a survey of companies based in France, Germany and the UK, published today by leading European law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, 79% believe that intellectual property (IP) is even more important in the current downturn.

    Two thirds of companies questioned were planning for growth abroad in the next three years and 68% agreed IP was vital for growth, particularly with the current economic climate making growth through capital intensive methods more difficult. Over half agreed that IP, which includes registered rights, trade secrets and know-how, is likely to increase in value over the next three years.

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