What Makes Patent Pools Successful? An Analysis of Optical Disc and Mobile Phone Industries

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol.19, No.1/2, pp.6 - 29

23 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2014 Last revised: 4 Apr 2015

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Thierry Rayna

École Polytechnique, i3-CRG, UMR CNRS 9217

Ludmila Striukova

SKEMA Business School - Paris la Défense Campus

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

The modern patent landscape, especially in high tech industries, is complex and requires market participants to use collaborative governance structures in order to cut down the increasing transaction costs. This paper focuses on one of these governance structures – patent pools. By analysing eight case studies in optical disk and mobile phone industries, this article aims to understand what is a successful patent pool and what are the determinants of its success. Although the two technologies discussed in the article were initially developed over the same period of time, their respective pools developed differently. Our findings suggest, however, that there are nonetheless some similarities in determinants of success across these two sectors.

Keywords: Patent pool, licensing, alliances, standards, optical discs, mobile networks

Suggested Citation

Rayna, Thierry and Striukova, Ludmila, What Makes Patent Pools Successful? An Analysis of Optical Disc and Mobile Phone Industries (2015). International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol.19, No.1/2, pp.6 - 29, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2412625

Thierry Rayna (Contact Author)

École Polytechnique, i3-CRG, UMR CNRS 9217 ( email )

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Paris, 91762
France

Ludmila Striukova

SKEMA Business School - Paris la Défense Campus ( email )

Paris la Défense, 92916
France

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