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The role of inter-organizational relationships in the development of patents: A knowledge-based approach

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  • Weck, Mona
  • Blomqvist, Kirsimarja
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    This paper examines the role of various inter-organizational relationships in patent development, and how these relationships contribute to patent competitiveness. It takes the perspective of individual inventors and describes how they utilize external knowledge in the development of patents. Based on a case study of a European telecom operator, we found interaction with R&D consortia, suppliers and customers to support inventors in the development of new ideas for patents and in solving related problems. In terms of patent competitiveness, buyer-seller relationships were more valuable for an operator than R&D consortia relationships, as they reduced the market and technology uncertainty related to the patent.

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    Volume (Year): 37 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 8 (September)
    Pages: 1329-1336

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:37:y:2008:i:8:p:1329-1336

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    1. Huber, Franz, 2013. "Knowledge-sourcing of R&D workers in different job positions: Contextualising external personal knowledge networks," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 42(1), pages 167-179.
    2. Alessandra Scandura, 2013. "The role of scientific and market knowledge in the inventive process: evidence from a survey of industrial inventors," ERSA conference papers ersa13p128, European Regional Science Association.

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