Intellectual Property Management: Policy Issues and Options

Intellectual Property Management: Policy Issues and Options (Genome Canada, 2011)

12 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2015  

Jeremy de Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

E. Richard Gold

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Mauricio Guaragna

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Intellectual property rights, including copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patents, play an important role in innovation systems. While the right intellectual property policies and practices cannot, by themselves, catalyze innovation – other factors are equally if not more important – the wrong policies and practices can impede it. The focus of public policy debates should shift from the relative strength or weakness of legislative protection to the most efficient and effective models of managing intellectual property in practice. Options for policymakers include (1) encouraging as much acquisition and commercialization of intellectual property rights as possible, (2) supporting the public domain through free revealing of knowledge and technology, and (3) leveraging intellectual property rights through collaborative or “open” licensing models. Different resources in different industries involving different collaborators and different intellectual property rights can be managed using a mixture of approaches. Because the policy options are not mutually exclusive, policymakers’ key role is not to choose among them but to articulate overarching principles that promote financial as well as non-financial returns on investments while taking into account the broad range of stakeholder needs.

Keywords: Intellectual Property Management, Public Policy

JEL Classification: O34

Suggested Citation

de Beer, Jeremy and Gold, E. Richard and Guaragna, Mauricio, Intellectual Property Management: Policy Issues and Options (2011). Intellectual Property Management: Policy Issues and Options (Genome Canada, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2660983

Jeremy De Beer (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

E. Richard Gold

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada

Mauricio Guaragna

University of British Columbia (UBC) ( email )

2329 West Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia BC V6T 1Z4
Canada

Paper statistics

Downloads
45
Abstract Views
213