Entrepreneurial patent management in pharmaceutical startups
Other text in scientific journal, 2016

Startups fill an increasingly important role as innovators in the pharmaceutical industry, and patenting is typically central to their success. This article aims to explore patent management in pharmaceutical startups. The results show that startups need to deal with several challenges related to patenting and an ‘entrepreneurial’ approach to patent management is called for. Resource constraints, venture capital provision, exits and other conditions and events must be readily considered in the patent management process to build a successful pharmaceutical venture, something that could benefit the pharmaceutical industry as a whole.


Marcus Holgersson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Tai Phan

University of Gothenburg

Thomas Hedner

University of Gothenburg

Drug Discovery Today

1359-6446 (ISSN)

Vol. 21 7 1042-1045

Subject Categories

Clinical Medicine

Medical Engineering


Economics and Business

Business Administration

Law (excluding Law and Society)

Driving Forces

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Areas of Advance

Life Science Engineering (2010-2018)





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