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UK universities look beyond the patent policy discourse in their intellectual property strategies

Andersen, Birgitte and Rossi, Federica (2011) UK universities look beyond the patent policy discourse in their intellectual property strategies. Science and Public Policy 38 (4), pp. 254-268. ISSN 0302-3427.

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Abstract

In recent years, policy discourse has placed much emphasis on the patenting of the outcomes of academic research. However, universities produce a wide variety of intellectual property (IP), not all of which is suitable for patenting, or which the universities may choose not to patent. Building upon an original survey of 46 universities in the UK, we investigate the extent to which universities exchange several forms of IP (patents, copyright, open source IP, non-patented innovations), whether they are used as complements or substitutes, how relatively effective and efficient they are in allowing universities to reach certain objectives (relating to knowledge transfer, competitive positioning, knowledge creation/innovation and financial income). The results challenge the view, which underpins legislation such as the Bayh-Dole Act and similar provisions now adopted in most OECD countries, that patents are the most effective route for knowledge dissemination in the economy.

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Additional Information: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Science and Public Policy following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version, v.38(4), pp.254-268, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3152/016502611X12849792159236
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2011 11:30
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2014 10:09
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4048

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