Identifying Crisis-Critical Intellectual Property Challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Scenario Analysis and Conceptual Extrapolation of Innovation Ecosystem Dynamics Using a Visual Mapping Approach

54 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2020

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Alexander Moerchel

University of Cambridge; Institute for Manufacturing; Centre for Technology Management

Frank Tietze

University of Cambridge

Leonidas Aristodemou

University of Cambridge

Pratheeba Vimalnath

University of Cambridge

Date Written: October 16, 2020

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed firms, organisations and their respective supply chains which are directly involved in the manufacturing of products that are critical to alleviating the effects of the health crisis, collectively referred to as the Crisis-Critical Sector,to unprecedented challenges. Firms from other sectors, such as automotive, luxury and home appliances, have rushed into the Crisis-Critical Sector in order to support the effort to upscale incumbent manufacturing capacities, thereby introducing Intellectual Property (IP)related dynamics and challenges. We apply an innovation ecosystem perspective on the Crisis-Critical Sector and adopt a novel visual mapping approach to identify IP associated challenges and IP specific dynamic developments during and potentially beyond the crisis.In this paper, we add methodologically by devising and testing a visual approach to capturing IP related dynamics in evolving innovation ecosystems and contribute to literature on IP management in the open innovation context by proposing paraground IP as a novel IP type.Finally, we also deduce managerial implications for IP management practitioners at both incumbent firms and new entrants for navigating innovation ecosystems subject to crisis-induced dynamic shifts.

Keywords: intellectual property, Innovation ecosystem, open innovation, COVID-19 pandemic, visual language

Suggested Citation

Moerchel, Alexander and Tietze, Frank and Aristodemou, Leonidas and Vimalnath, Pratheeba, Identifying Crisis-Critical Intellectual Property Challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Scenario Analysis and Conceptual Extrapolation of Innovation Ecosystem Dynamics Using a Visual Mapping Approach (October 16, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3715374 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3715374

Alexander Moerchel

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Leonidas Aristodemou (Contact Author)

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Pratheeba Vimalnath

University of Cambridge ( email )

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