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Intellectual Property Protection Mechanisms in Research Partnerships

  • Henry R. Hertzfeld
  • Albert N. Link
  • Nicholas S. Vonortas

A set of U.S.-based companies is investigated regarding the effectiveness of intellectual property protection mechanisms (IPPMs) in the formation of research partnerships. Patents are the most frequently used IPPM to protect both background and foreground knowledge in partnerships. Other IPPMs are used to protect know-how, especially in the early, forming stages of a partnership. Existing IP titles are quite useful when negotiating new partnerships. IPR negotiations are reported to be more complex in horizontal partnerships and when universities are involved.

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Paper provided by Max Planck Institute of Economics, Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy Group in its series Papers on Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy with number 2004-43.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2004
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Handle: RePEc:esi:egpdis:2004-43
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