Title: The impact of socio-demographic factors as potential predictors of the attitudes of public sector personnel on intellectual property rights and their implications

Authors: Jane Payumo; Howard Grimes; Keith Jones

Addresses: Office of Research and Office of Intellectual Property Administration, Washington State University, 1610 NE Eastgate Blvd., Suite 650, Pullman, WA 99163-5623, USA. ' Washington State University, 324 French Ad Grimes Way, Pullman, WA 99164-1030, USA. ' Kijani, Pullman, WA 99163, USA

Abstract: This paper presents the results of a web-based survey done to determine the attitudes of public sector personnel in developing countries in Asia on the major implications of intellectual property rights (IPRs) to public sector institutions' access of technologies, research focus, and dissemination of knowledge and technology. Specifically, the survey involved research administrators and scientists (n = 283) from public agricultural biotechnology research institutions in India, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Estimates of ordinal logistic regression clearly show that in general, attitudes of respondents toward the implications of IPR are affected by socio-demographic characteristics with education, position held, and country of citizenship as significant influential factors. This econometric analysis may serve as reference for institutions developing capability training programmes, including identification of target training groups, to more actively promote the understanding of IPR and their implications to public research institutions in developing countries.

Keywords: intellectual property rights; public sector; econometrics; ordinal logistic regression; socio-demographic factors; potential predictors; personnel attitudes; developing countries; Asia; research focus; knowledge dissemination; technology access; R&D; research and development; research administrators; scientists; agricultural research institutions; biotechnology research institutions; agriculture; India; Malaysia; Philippines; Thailand; Vietnam; socio-demographic characteristics; education; research positions; citizenship country; econometric analyses; capability training; training programmes; target training; group identification; training groups; public research institutions; intellectual property management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIPM.2012.049877

International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, 2012 Vol.5 No.3/4, pp.199 - 212

Available online: 18 Oct 2012 *

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