Posted: 19 Feb 2009 Last revised: 14 May 2014
Date Written: February 19, 2009
Businesses engaging in outsourcing of professional service activities to organizations in foreign countries have focused primarily on the issues of cost and the number of jobs affected. However, significant transfers of intangibles occur in many service-based off shoring arrangements as well. Some of these intangibles are considered to be intellectual property (IP). The transfer of intellectual property that accompanies such off shoring arrangements can have significant value, making it important to understand risks of loss, obligations of taxation, and contributions to the profit-making potential of an enterprise. Software is an important and often under-valued component of such transfers of intellectual property.
This overview paper offers a interdisciplinary examination of intellectual property valuation issues and a business perspective for considering software valuation in the context of off shoring decisions and practices.
Keywords: Intellectual Property, Intangibles, Software, Valuation, Outsourcing, Offshore, Offshoring, Risk, Taxation, Tax haven
JEL Classification: G12, G15, G31, F20
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Wiederhold, Gio and Gupta, Amar and Smith, David Branson and Tessler, S.G., The Valuation of Intellectual Property in Offshoring Decisions (February 19, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1346447