Title: Managing intellectual property in inter-firm R&D collaborations in knowledge-intensive industries

Authors: Martin A. Bader

Addresses: Managing Partner, European Patent Attorney, Swiss Patent Attorney, BGW AG Management Advisory Group St.Gallen – Vienna, Thurgauerstrasse 4, CH-9400 Rorschach am Bodensee, Switzerland

Abstract: Managing intellectual property plays a crucial role in a collaborative innovation environment by providing legal protection, especially when supporting factual protection strategies that enable profits from temporary monopolies. However, legal protection strategies are a novelty in emerging business fields, such as the knowledge-intensive industry sector, as innovation and value creation are shifting towards service innovations that are difficult to tackle by legal protection instruments. The ways in which intellectual property can be managed in such an environment is, therefore, the subject of this research that follows a multiple-case design. Four dominant patterns get identified, discussed and summarised with respect to the collaborative knowledge-intensive industry environment: (1) multiplicator, (2) leverager, (3) absorber, (4) filtrator.

Keywords: intellectual property management; knowledge-intensive industries; new economy; R&D partnerships; research and development; R&D collaboration; legal protection; innovation; value creation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2008.016786

International Journal of Technology Management, 2008 Vol.41 No.3/4, pp.311 - 335

Published online: 22 Jan 2008 *

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