Monday, 3 October 2016

Patent box survey

Patent box survey

We have created this survey is to find out more about the views of start-up companies on the patent box. It will take around 10 minutes to complete.


Please note:

- your responses are anonymous
- we will not identify any individual responses
- we will aggregate all data to other responses
- this survey is for academic purposes only

Before you start the survey, please read information about the patent box here: 


Thank you for your participation.

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Is your business a start-up company according to the definition provided by the European Startup Monitor? It must fulfill all 3 criteria:

1. younger than 10 years 

2. feature (highly) innovative technologies and/or business models

3. have (strive for) significant employee and/or sales growth

Yes/No

What is the legal structure of your business?

- Self-employed business

- Partnership

- Private limited company

- Limited liability partnership

- Community interest company

- Other (please specify)

Other ________________

How old is your business?

Less than 1 year
Between 1 and 2 years
Between 2 and 3 years
Between 3 and 4 years
Between 4 and 5 years
More than 5 years

How many workers does your business have?

1 worker
2 - 10 workers
11 - 50 workers
51 - 100 workers
101 - 250 workers
Over 250 workers

Which sector does your business operate in?

- IT/software development
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
- Industrial technology/production/hardware
- Consumer mobile/web application
- E-commerce
- Bio-, nano-, and medical technology
- Finance/finance technology (FinTech)
- Online marketplace
- Education
- Consulting company/agency
- Online service portal
- Green technology
- Food
- Media and creative industries
- Games
- Offline services
- Wholesale and retail
- Other sector - please specify

Other sector _________

Does your business expect to pay tax on its profits in the next annual tax return?

Yes
No
Don’t know or N/A

Is your business part of a corporate group?                             

Yes/No

Does your business hold a patent granted by any of the following:

- UK Intellectual Property Office

- European Patent Office

- Patent authorities in the following countries in the European Economic Area:

Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden

Yes/No

Does your business hold any exclusive licences for a patent granted by any of the following:

- UK Intellectual Property Office

- European Patent Office

- Patent authorities in the following countries in the European Economic Area:

Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden 

Yes/No

Does your business hold any medical or botanic innovation rights for any of the following?

- Supplementary protection certificates
- Plant breeders and plant variety rights
- Medicinal and veterinary products with marketing authorisations and marketing or data protection
- Plant Protection Products with Data Protection Benefits

Yes/No

Does your business hold any other intellectual property not already mentioned?

Yes ___ please specify
No

Does your business receive income from any of the following sources? Please tick the relevant boxes.

[] selling patented products
[] licensing out patent rights
[] selling patented rights
[] infringement income
[]damages, insurance or other compensation related to patent rights
[]none of the above

Does your business outsource any of its research and development activities to:

- any group companies outside the UK?

Yes/No

- to any third parties?

Yes/No

Have you heard of the patent box before?

Yes/No

How important are the following factors in deciding whether to apply for the patent box ?

- the patent box has a reduced 10% tax rate

[] Very important [] Important [] Indifferent [] Not important []Not very important

- the patent box must be available to a wide range of taxpayers

[] Very important [] Important [] Indifferent [] Not important []Not very important

- the patent box must allow for a wide range of intellectual property

[] Very important [] Important [] Indifferent [] Not important []Not very important

- the patent box must allow for a wide range of income from intellectual property

[] Very important [] Important [] Indifferent [] Not important []Not very important

- the amount of patent box benefit must be simple to calculate

[] Very important [] Important [] Indifferent [] Not important []Not very important

Would the patent box be a decisive factor for your business to file for a patent?

Yes/No

How likely is your business to apply for the patent box in the next 12 months?

* Very likely
* Likely
* Unsure or neutral
* Unlikely
* Very unlikely

How attractive is the patent box for your business?

* Very attractive
* Attractive
* Indifferent
* Not attractive
* Not very attractive

Do you have any other thoughts about the patent box? 
Please write below in this section:



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