A robust regulatory framework for intellectual property is a crucial factor for many companies when making their global expansion decisions. The study, by Z/Yen Group Limited on behalf of Taylor Wessing, presents a statistical comparison of how jurisdictions are viewed in terms of intellectual property competitiveness.

The study found that cost was not a major factor in the rankings – jurisdictions where costs of obtaining and enforcing trademarks, patents and copyright were high generally featured near the top of the rankings.

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The rankings comprised five tiers of which the UK, the US and Germany are in the top tier, while Brazil, China, India and Russia make up the lowest tier.