Vermeers and Rembrandts in the Same Attic: Complementarity between Copyright and Trademark Leveraging Strategies in Software

Georgia Institute of Technology TIGER Working Paper

33 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2006

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Deepak Somaya

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Business Administration

Stuart J.H. Graham

Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business

Date Written: February 23, 2006

Abstract

We examine the interrelationships between firms' efforts to leverage different types of intellectual property (IP) rights. While prior research has tended to view different forms of intellectual property as substitutes, we argue that they can also be viewed as complements. We motivate this argument by shifting the unit of analysis away from the level of a single invention to the level of the technology, product or firm. Using unstructured interviews, we develop hypotheses about the causes of IP complementarity. Specifically, we hypothesize that complementarity may result from common inputs into the management of IP within the firm, such as managerial attention to IP issues and organizational resources deployed for IP management. Our hypotheses are tested in the PC software industry with a seemingly-unrelated-regression (SUR) model, which provides support for complementarity between copyrights and trademarks in software, and suggests that this complementarity stems at least in part from our hypothesized common inputs into IP management. Our work addresses both the relative neglect of non-patent intellectual property rights and the disproportionate reliance on the IP-as-substitutes view in prior research.

Keywords: Patents, Copyright, Trademark, Software, Litigation, Complements, Substitutes

JEL Classification: O32, O34, L86, L29

Suggested Citation

Somaya, Deepak and Graham, Stuart J.H., Vermeers and Rembrandts in the Same Attic: Complementarity between Copyright and Trademark Leveraging Strategies in Software (February 23, 2006). Georgia Institute of Technology TIGER Working Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=887484 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.887484

Deepak Somaya

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Business Administration ( email )

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Stuart J.H. Graham (Contact Author)

Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30308
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