Intellectual Property: The Assessment

Posted: 25 Jun 2008

See all articles by Donald S. Siegel

Donald S. Siegel

Arizona State University-School of Public Affairs

Mike Wright

Nottingham University Business School

Date Written: Winter 2007


In recent years, there has been an increase in the commercialization of intellectual property (IP), via such mechanisms as patents, licences, copyrights, and trade marks. New institutions (e.g. science parks), as well as new organizational forms (e.g. research joint ventures), have emerged to facilitate the creation and commercialization of IP. Existing institutions, most notably universities, have become much more aggressive in protecting their IP and devising ways to generate additional revenue from their IP portfolios. These trends have important policy implications, which are addressed by the authors in this issue. We summarize their contributions and provide some context for assessing these salient matters.

Keywords: patents, technology licensing, copyrights and trade marks, university technology transfer offices, open source, science parks, L31, M13, O31, O32, O33, O34

Suggested Citation

Siegel, Donald S. and Wright, Mike, Intellectual Property: The Assessment (Winter 2007). Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 23, Issue 4, pp. 529-540, 2007, Available at SSRN: or

Donald S. Siegel (Contact Author)

Arizona State University-School of Public Affairs ( email )

411 North Central
Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States
6024961101 (Phone)

Mike Wright

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom
+44 115 951 5257 (Phone)
+44 115 951 5204 (Fax)

Do you want regular updates from SSRN on Twitter?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics