Title: Legal aspects of Living Labs

Authors: Olli Pitkänen; Helen Lehto

Addresses: Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University, PO Box 15600, 00076 Aalto, Finland. ' Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University, PO Box 15600, 00076 Aalto, Finland

Abstract: The paper presents the legal issues that living labs bring about. Especially, we concentrate on copyright and other Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), competence issues, and privacy protection. We are availing of the results of two research projects and we describe a scenario to illustrate and analyse the legal issues in relation to Living Labs, user-driven product development, and open innovation processes.

Keywords: living labs; living laboratory; user-driven product development; open innovation; communities; IPR; intellectual property rights; copyright; patents; competences; contracts; agreements; authorisation; employment; privacy; data protection; law; legal issues.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2012.051155

International Journal of Product Development, 2012 Vol.17 No.1/2, pp.8 - 22

Available online: 15 Dec 2012 *

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