Intellectual Property Management and Technological Entrepreneurship

40 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2010 Last revised: 19 Nov 2013

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Kelvin Willoughby

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

Date Written: June 13, 2010

Abstract

This paper investigates the distinctive technology protection strategies of entrepreneurial technology firms. In contrast with much popular opinion, it is reported that intellectual property features more prominently in the business of small entrepreneurial firms than it does in the business of large, established mature firms. The intellectual property portfolios of technology firms of all sizes and ages exhibit a rich array of instruments in addition to patents for protecting technology, including trade secrets, trademarks and copyright, together with licenses to externally sourced technology. The intellectual property profiles of technology firms appear to be influenced by their context, organizational profiles and corporate goals and by the character of their technology.

Suggested Citation

Willoughby, Kelvin Wayne, Intellectual Property Management and Technological Entrepreneurship (June 13, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1630666 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1630666

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