According to World Intellectual Property Report 2017, 30% value of manufactured products sold around the world comes from intellectual capital, such as branding, design and technology.
An amount of USD 5.9 trillion in 2014, shows that intangible capital contributes twice as much as buildings, machinery and other forms of tangible capital to the total value of manufactured goods.
"Intangible capital will increasingly determine the fate and fortune of firms in today’s global value chains. It is behind the look, feel, functionality and general appeal of the products we buy and it determines success in the marketplace," said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. "Intellectual property, in turn, is the means by which companies secure the competitive advantage flowing from their intangible capital."
Three product groups - food products, motor vehicles and textiles, account for close to 50% of total income generated by intangible capital in the manufacturing global value chains.