Offshoring and Transfer of Intellectual Property

21 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2007  

Gio Wiederhold

Stanford University

Amar Gupta

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Erich Neuhold

University of Vienna

Date Written: March 5, 2007

Abstract

Offshore outsourcing of work to support software development and services is seen primarily as a transfer of labor to another shore. But intellectual property is transferred as well. Such transfers have significant long term effects on the balance of intellectual property (IP) generation and consumption. Software is such an intangible good, and the value of intangibles is based on the income that these intangibles are expected to generate in the future. The paper presents the relationships of IP residing in software to the business models used for outsourcing. The use of a quantitative model for software valuation allows formal exploration of business alternatives. The motivation for this paper is to increase the awareness of the need for software valuation when developers of software and the users of such software reside in different countries.

Suggested Citation

Wiederhold, Gio and Gupta, Amar and Neuhold, Erich, Offshoring and Transfer of Intellectual Property (March 5, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=968562 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.968562

Gio Wiederhold (Contact Author)

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Amar Gupta

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Erich Neuhold

University of Vienna ( email )

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Vienna, Vienna 1090
Austria

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