New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has indicated that small businesses find it difficult to protect their intellectual property and struggle when using the tools and services which have been put in place by the Intellectual Property Office. 25% of small businesses surveyed had experienced some sort of intellectual property violation within the last five years. One third of businesses with intellectual property rights stated that they had spent money on securing the rights within the last five years, with 22% of those spending more than £5,000. The most common forms of copyright theft include the unauthorised use of copyright-protected work on websites and the illegal use of trademarks.
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