Innovation and IP Research Guidelines

Conducting empirical economic analysis based on intellectual property (IP) filings can be challenging. This series of short thematic guidelines demystifies the process, promoting standardized research methods and raising awareness of the importance of quality data collection and analysis in the field of IP.

These non-technical, best-practice guidelines are an important reference for anyone conducting studies of IP rights, particularly IP offices, policymakers and researchers.


Guidelines for designing an IP survey

Author(s): World Intellectual Property Organization; Publication year: 2023

Surveys based on intellectual property (IP) can be a valuable tool in designing innovation and IP policies. This short guide outlines best practices for designing IP-related surveys, with the aim of promoting their adoption by governments and researchers keen to understand the economic behavior of stakeholders in the IP system and design policies to assist its development.


Guidelines for producing gender analysis from innovation and IP data

Author(s): World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); Publication year: 2022

Understanding how women and men can access and use the intellectual property (IP) system equally is key to ensuring that their ingenuity and creativity translates into economic, social and cultural development. This short guide summarizes best practice for producing innovation and IP gender indicators.


Guidelines to using evidence from research to support policymaking

Publication year: 2019

This Guide elaborates on the best practices in conducting empirical studies in the intellectual property (IP) field. In so doing, it seeks to improve the credibility of studies, enhance transparency about what conclusions can and cannot be drawn from such studies, and encourage responsible use of studies by IP stakeholders.