The patent management trichotomy: Patenting, publishing, and secrecy
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2017

Purpose Extant research and practice of patent management are often occupied with how to best utilize patenting as a source of competitive advantage. This paper instead suggests a patent management trichotomy where firms make strategic decisions between patenting, publishing, and secrecy. Approach The paper is conceptual in nature and draws on received IP-management literature to develop an analytical framework. Findings We suggest that the choice between patenting, publishing, and secrecy can be understood in terms of differences in the degree to which the firm can appropriate value from the invention and the degree to which it can operate freely. Originality/value Through an analysis along the dimensions of direct and indirect appropriation as well as static and dynamic freedom to operate, the article conceptualizes the choice between patenting, publishing, and secrecy in a way useful for management decisions as well as for academics.

strategic disclosure

secrecy

defensive publishing

innovation

Patenting

intellectual property management

Författare

Marcus Holgersson

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Martin Wallin

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation

Management Decision

0025-1747 (ISSN)

Vol. 55 1087-1099

Ämneskategorier

Juridik

Ekonomi och näringsliv

Företagsekonomi

Juridik (exklusive juridik och samhälle)

Drivkrafter

Innovation och entreprenörskap

DOI

10.1108/MD-03-2016-0172