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Intellectual property management practices at small and medium-sized enterprises

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) contribute to innovation and economic growth, despite their resource shortages and lack of professional intellectual property (IP) management practices. Drawing on social practice theory and combining insights from recent scholarship on IP strategies and its management, this paper examines the cases of three pharmaceutical SME providing insights into how they appropriate returns on research and development (R&D) investments. It discusses their IP strategies and management practices, examining how the IP management practices are embedded in the firm's organisational structure. Moreover, this paper develops recommendations for SME regarding the professionalisation of their IP management practices.

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Author:Elisabeth EppingerORCiDGND, Gergana Vladova
ISSN:0267-5730 (print)
Parent Title (English):International journal of technology management
Publisher:Inderscience Enterprises Ltd
Place of publication:Geneva
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2013
Year of Completion:2013
Release Date:2017/03/26
Tag:IP management; IP strategy; IPR; SME; intellectual property rights; patents; pharmaceutical industry; practice theory; small and medium-sized enterprise
First Page:64
Last Page:81
Funder:German Ministry of Research and Education
Organizational units:Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Peer Review:Referiert