Managing intellectual property using patent pools : lessons from three generations of pools in the optical disc industry.

S. Uijl, den, R.N.A. Bekkers, H.J. Vries, de

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Abstract

For modern technologies, access to intellectual property rights (IPR) is complex because it is fragmented among many owners. The required licensing agreements invoke considerable transaction costs and royalty stacking. Often, it is in the interest of the technology sponsor to ease access to the required IPR. Patent pools have proven useful to achieve this goal. This article examines the experiences with three generations of patent pools in the optical disc industry. Technology platforms are becoming increasingly complex, which leads to a fragmentation of IPR among many pools and causes new issues. A novel "pool-of-pools" can address these.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-50
Number of pages20
JournalCalifornia Management Review
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Orlando, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201313 Aug 2013

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