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Intellectual Property Management

Intellectual Property Management

In the knowledge economy, Intellectual Property (IP) assets have been recognized as a main source of competitive advantage. This is proved by the increasing trend towards patent application and trademark registration on the part not only of large companies but also of SMEs (e.g. Hollanders and Es Sadki, 2013; Hanel, 2006). IP management integrates two areas: the first concerns internal management of intellectual property rights (IPRs), whereas the second concerns external management of IPRs (Pitkethly, 2001). This distinction follows the increasing tendency of firms towards opening their boundaries to complement internal with external knowledge, considered that new knowledge is at the basis of IP asset development. Appropriating the value of such knowledge sources requires a strategic approach towards IP management, which encompasses both a firm’s internal management of IPRs aimed at “managing the creation and preservation of the company’s IP resources” , as well as the external management of IPRs, which concerns how a firm acquires knowledge and IPRs from others firms and vice versa (Pitkethly, 2001). Therefore, the aim of this ebook is to shed more light on these two levels of analysis (i.e. internal and external) to enrich our understanding of different facets of IP management and provide managers with remarkable suggestions on IP management practices.


A dual knowledge perspective on the determinants of SME patenting: results of an empirical investigation,Corporate strategies for technology acquisition: evidence from patent transactions,Friend or foe? The effects of patent attorney use on filing strategy vis à vis the effects of firm experience,Fuzzy front end patent management and innovation performance: mediating role of patent commercialization and moderating effect of technological lock in,Introduction to the Special Issue on Intellectual Property Management: an internal and external perspective,IP, Openness, and Innovation Performance: an empirical study,Open Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights: How do SMEs benefit from patents, industrial designs, trademarks and copyrights?,Open innovation and intellectual property: a knowledge based approach,Patenting motives, technology strategies, and open innovation,Redesigning patent management process: an Action Research study,The impact of partners’ technological diversification in joint patenting: A study on firm PRO collaborations,The patent management trichotomy: patenting, publishing, and secrecy,Walking into the Room with IP: Exploring Start ups’ IP Licensing Strategy

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