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Opening up IP Strategy: Implications for Open Source Software Entry by Start-Up Firms


Wen Wen


University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business

Marco Ceccagnoli


Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech

Chris Forman


Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business

January 5, 2015

Management Science, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
We examine whether a firm’s IP strategy in support of the open source software (OSS) community stimulates new OSS product entry by start-up software firms. In particular, we analyze the impact of strategic decisions taken by IBM around the mid-2000s, such as its announcement that it will not assert its patents against the OSS community and its creation of a patent commons. These decisions formed a coherent IP strategy in support of OSS. We find that IBM’s actions stimulated new OSS product introductions by entrepreneurial firms, and that their impact is increasing in the cumulativeness of innovation in the market and the extent to which patent ownership in the market is concentrated.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 61

Keywords: IP strategy, open source, open source software (OSS), OSS entry, patent commons, patent pledge, patent thicket, start-ups’ OSS innovation, cumulative innovation, concentrated patent ownership

JEL Classification: L86, O34


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Date posted: April 6, 2015  

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Wen, Wen and Ceccagnoli, Marco and Forman, Chris, Opening up IP Strategy: Implications for Open Source Software Entry by Start-Up Firms (January 5, 2015). Management Science, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2590198

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Wen Wen (Contact Author)
University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business ( email )
2110 Speedway Stop B6500
Austin, TX 78712
United States

Marco Ceccagnoli
Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech ( email )
800 West Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
United States

Chris Forman
Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business ( email )
800 West Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
United States

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