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Contextual factors affecting patent licensing provisions in collaboration agreements of complex technological organisations

  • This paper addresses one of the challenges of open innovation, namely, the issue of the right to access and exploit technological innovations owned by collaborative partners inside and outside the boundary of research collaboration. Licensing is widely viewed as a solution to this problem. To design appropriate intellectual property licensing provisions in collaboration agreements with partners in complex research projects, project managers need to configure a set of critical intellectual property licensing elements based on consideration of a strategic set of contextual factors. This study is focused primarily on the licensing of patent rights in company-led research collaborations in complex technological industries. Drawing upon literature analysis and practical professional knowledge, we propose a heuristic framework to guide practitioners in deciding whether or not to grant technology licences to collaborators, whether or not to acquire collaborators' technology licences, and also what the scope of the licences should be.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Punyapat SaksupapchonORCiD, Kelvin W. WilloughbyORCiD
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
Parent Title (English):International journal of intellectual property management : IJIPM
Date of Publication (online):2021/08/20
First Page:280
Last Page:315
Tag:Collaboration agreements; Intellectual property; Joint product development; Licensing; Open innovation; Patents
Content Focus:Academic Audience
Peer Reviewed:Yes
Rankings:SJR Ranking / Q4
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich gesch├╝tzt