Managing IP in universities: patents and the protection failure problem

Tang, Puay, Weckowska, Dagmara, de Campos, Andre and Hobday, Mike (2010) Managing IP in universities: patents and the protection failure problem University of Sussex, Brighton.

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Abstract

This project investigated the entrepreneurial activities of UK universities through in-depth interviews with the key university actors in a representative sample of 40 universities across the country. The project assessed the scale and extent of the ‘patent protection failure’ problem, which revolves around the issue of universities withdrawing and abandoning patent applications. It found that TTOs are becoming more selective in their patenting process. Our findings also shed new light on university commercialisation models, the “verdict” on TTOs performance, the role of metrics in accounting for HEI performance in IP commercialisation and the impact of academic entrepreneurialism on the behaviour of researchers. Our findings also contribute to the recent discussion about the utility of a regional grouping of TTOs and a “matchmaking” forum for unexploited university IP. The report concludes with policy recommendations for Government to consider. This study was sponsored by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Item Type: Other form of assessable output
Additional Information: This paper can be downloaded from the SPRU website. The paper was initially presented as a report to The Gatsby Foundation.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intellectual property (IP); Patents; Innovation; CENTRIM
Subjects: P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P100 Information Services > P110 Information Management
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
DOI (a stable link to the resource): SEWPS - SPRU Electronic Working Paaper Series; no. 188
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
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Depositing User: editor centrim
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2011 13:53
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2012 16:37
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/8404

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