Title: A theoretical model of commercialisation

Authors: Graham R. Poole, Roger Moore

Addresses: Arthur Andersen, 1 Surrey Street, London WC2R 2PS, UK. Consumer Association, 2 Marylebone Road, London NW1 4DF, UK

Abstract: Commercialisation of intellectual property is an important means by which academic science contributes to economic growth. It has attracted considerable interest, but a systematic treatment largely remains lacking. This paper attempts to fill the gap by setting forth a theoretical model that examines the conditions that must hold for commercialisation to occur. It also analyses four main barriers to the process. The model illustrates why the development gap exists and explains why weak economies often fail to capitalise on a strong science base. It further highlights the potential role to be played by third parties in encouraging the process.

Keywords: commercialisation; technology transfer; science base; intellectual property; development gap.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2002.001785

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2002 Vol.1 No.1/2, pp.201-215

Published online: 18 Aug 2003 *

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