So it’s no surprise just by looking at the map of the IAM 250 list of IP strategists that the US leads the list for strategists-by-country. It’s a big place, a leading global economy, and one that has made IP and innovation a priority.
But it’s not clear just how much the US leads the league tables on sheer number of listed IP strategists from the map – so I made a graph:
The US leads with 195 of the listings, or 76%, with a more than comfortable lead over it’s closest competitor – the United Kingdom – at 16 listings and about 6%. With 19 countries represented, there is definitely a long tail of IP strategists, with the short head being the US.
In terms of Europe, this fits with Benoit and David’s observation in their earlier post about the IP ecosystem in Europe:
IP generation [in Europe] is thus not an issue, whereas utilisation most definitely is. Traditionally, European organisations will utilise the IP they have generated either by making products based on that IP or else by licensing that IP to another party, or a combination of the two. Beyond that, other notions of utilisation are scant,
IP strategists and related IP services are about the utilisation of IP, and thus it makes sense that less utilisation (at least when compared to the level in the US) would produce less listed strategists. Benoit and David’s chart of the IP ecosystem is worth reviewing again in this context.