The Evolution of Intellectual Property Strategy in Innovation Ecosystems: Uncovering Complementary and Substitute Appropriability Regimes

Long Range Planning, Forthcoming

42 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2017

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Marcus Holgersson

Chalmers University of Technology

Ove Granstrand

Chalmers University of Technology

Marcel Bogers

University of Copenhagen - Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO)

Date Written: August 30, 2017

Abstract

In this article, we attempt to extend and nuance the debate on intellectual property (IP) strategy, appropriation, and open innovation in dynamic and systemic innovation contexts. We present the case of four generations of mobile telecommunications systems (covering the period 1980-2015), and describe and analyze the co-evolution of strategic IP management and innovation ecosystems. Throughout this development, technologies and technological relationships were governed with different and shifting degrees of formality. Simultaneously, firms differentiated technology accessibility across actors and technologies to benefit from openness and appropriation of innovation. Our analysis shows that the discussion of competitiveness and appropriability needs to be expanded from the focal appropriability regime and complementary assets to the larger context of the innovation ecosystem and its cooperative and competitive actor relations, with dispersed complementary and substitute assets and technologies. Consequently, the shaping of complementary and substitute appropriability regimes is central when strategizing in dynamic and systemic innovation contexts. This holds important implications for the management of open innovation, innovation ecosystems, platforms, and coopetition.

Keywords: Appropriation, Innovation Ecosystem, Intellectual Property Right, Litigation, Open Innovation, Patent, Technology Licensing

Suggested Citation

Holgersson, Marcus and Granstrand, Ove and Bogers, Marcel, The Evolution of Intellectual Property Strategy in Innovation Ecosystems: Uncovering Complementary and Substitute Appropriability Regimes (August 30, 2017). Long Range Planning, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3029228

Marcus Holgersson

Chalmers University of Technology ( email )

Vera Sandbergs Alle 8
Gothenburg, SE-41296
Sweden
+46-739431121 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.ip-research.org

Ove Granstrand

Chalmers University of Technology ( email )

SE-412 96 Goteborg
Sweden

Marcel Bogers (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) ( email )

Unit for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management
Rolighedsvej 25
Copenhagen, 1958
Denmark

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