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21
Aug
2015

Ireland has a poor patenting record despite the presence of significant units of big American companies — the Government says a) a large proportion of foreign-owned firms (54%) are not R&D active b) foreign-owned firms accounted for 66.6% of total R&D expenditure in 2012 c) 13% of foreign-owned firms (107 firms), each spending over €2m, accounted for 88% of R&D spending in the foreign-owned sector in 2012 — but significant research is not carried out in Ireland. The annual data on patenting from the Irish Patents Office is ignored by the media with the exception of Finfacts because the agency does not issue a press release to announce the publication of its annual report. This is rare for an Irish public agency and clearly reflects the desire of Richard Bruton, enterprise, jobs and innovation minister, to keep inconvenient news under wraps — some time in 2016, Irish voters will be asked to amend the Constitution to approve a Unitary Patent Court that will require the transfer of some Irish court powers.

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27
Aug
2015