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26/05/2016 - Research Paper: A scenario-based analysis of the impacts of Brexit for IP issues in the UK and EU

This research paper, the latest in our Intellectual Property Rights series, considers the potential implications of Brexit for IP issues in the UK and EU. It addresses all key forms of IPR, including patents, trademarks, designs and copyrights, as well as the controversial issue of IP exhaustion and parallel trade, and analyses the expected outcomes for each of these under four potential Brexit scenarios. If you would like to purchase this Research Paper please contact us at

09/05/2016 - Inflation rate three times higher for millennials than for pensioners

Europe Economics has worked with Fidelity International, a globally-leading investment business, to develop an inflation measure for different generations within the UK. The first release shows Millennials suffering higher inflation than all other generational groups. This research has been covered by the national press, such as the Guardian.

29/04/2016 - Europe Economics April Newsletter Issued

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29/04/2016 - Research Note: The Patent Premium Puzzle

The next in our series of research notes on IP issues concerns the Patent Premium Puzzle.  “Valuing the patenting of an invention is difficult because there are many factors that can make estimates unreliable. And that is not only because it can be difficult to foresee the future. It’s almost as difficult to assess what the value of an historical patent has been! Do patents add value to inventions (are inventions more valuable because they are patented), or is it merely that intrinsically more valuable inventions are more likely to be patented (are inventions patented because they are more valuable)?” The subsequent research notes in our Intellectual Property Rights series will be subscription only.

28/04/2016 - Briefing Note: Implications of Brexit for the UK M&A market

During the first half of 2015, UK Μ&Α deals accounted for 45 per cent of all European Μ&Α deals. By the end of the year, the UK M&A activity broke its 2007 pre-crisis levels accounting for nearly 55 per cent of all European deals.   As the first quarter of 2016 was recently completed, one would expect to observe a similar pattern in the frequency and volume of M&A deals occurring in the UK. However, despite a promising start characterized by an 11.8 per cent increase in announced deals and a 0.6 per cent increase in transaction value, the first quarter of 2016 illustrated a slowdown in transactions. This is in contrast to the observed M&A activity in Europe, which increased during the same period. As the UK is to hold a referendum on EU membership on June 23, numerous commentators have attributed this slowdown in the UK M&A activity to Brexit concerns already impacting the market.  This note discusses the implications of Brexit for the UK M&A Market.