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Intellectual property (IP) governance in ICT firms: strategic value seeking through proprietary and non-proprietary IP transactions

Andersen, Birgitte and Rosli, A. and Rossi, Federica and Yangsap, W. (2012) Intellectual property (IP) governance in ICT firms: strategic value seeking through proprietary and non-proprietary IP transactions. International Journal of Intellectual Property Management 5 (1), pp. 19-38. ISSN 1478-9647.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJIPM.2012.045850

Abstract

This article investigates how firms exploit various forms of intellectual property (IP), often at the same time, in order to organise their strategic value seeking. The analysis is based upon confidential micro-data involving a survey of a set of 38 firms in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector in the UK. The article shows how three quarters of those firms exchange different types of proprietary (patents and copyright) and non-proprietary (open source and trade in non-patented technology) IP, in order to realise specific kinds of strategic value related to financial gain, competitive positioning, innovation and strategic alliances or relationships. The important role of alternative types of IP governance models (including various licensing forms, and other) associated with specific value seeking behaviours is also illustrated. The findings open up an important line of enquiry into the relative advantages conferred by different forms of IP markets and IP governance forms, and these insights in turn can provide useful indications to policymakers interested in promoting firms' ability to exploit their IP.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): intellectual property, IP governance, patents, copyright, open source, ICT sector, UK, United Kingdom, non-patented technology, strategic value, financial gain, competitive positioning, innovation, strategic alliances, licensing, information technology, communications technology
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2012 13:08
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2014 10:09
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5884

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