SME Survey on Copyright, Trademark & Patents

One of the biggest problems in formulating proper policy on software patents is the lack of reliable data from independent sources.

EUPACO is conducting an SME survey to collect data on attitudes towards different forms of intellectual property across Europe.

The survey is open to all European SMEs that use software directly or indirectly in their business. The methodology of the survey is as follows:

  1. All raw response data will be published.
  2. Personal details may, on request, be kept anonymous.
  3. Incomplete and bogus responses will be discarded.
  4. We will validate survey responses on a random basis.

It should take you about 5 minutes to complete the survey. For larger organisations, please ensure that answers are provided by a competent person, e.g. a director.

SME Survey on Copyright, Trademark & Patents

First name, last name
Organization/Company
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Country
Email
How many staff does your company have?
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Does your firm sell software-related products or services?
Do you use copyright-based licenses to sell products or services?
Do you know that every creation is protected by copyright?
Do you know that copyright law is the basis for products like Linux?
Have you ever been involved in a copyright dispute?
Does your firm own one or more trademarks?
Have you ever been involved in a trademark dispute?
How much do you spend on trademarks per year?
Does your firm own one or more patents?
If yes, are these EPO patents on software or business processes?
Have you ever been involved in a patent dispute?
How much do you spend on patents per year?
How much do you think a patent dispute would cost?
Do you think owning patents will protect you from being sued?
Do you think software algorithms should be patentable?
Do you think business methods should be patentable?
What court do you think should decide on patents?
What language regime should apply for patent disputes?
Who should control the patent system?
Do you think the patent system looks after your interests?
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