The Use of Patents in Dutch Biopharmaceutical SME: a Typology for Assessing Strategic Patent Management Maturity

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Kern, Sander and Reekum, Rik van (2008) The Use of Patents in Dutch Biopharmaceutical SME: a Typology for Assessing Strategic Patent Management Maturity. In: The 16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference : May 22-23, 2008 + May 21 Doctoral Workshop, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands., 22 May 2008 - 23 May 2008, Enschede, The Netherlands .

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Event: The 16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference : May 22-23, 2008 + May 21 Doctoral Workshop, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands., 22 May 2008 - 23 May 2008, Enschede, The Netherlands
Abstract:In this paper a typology is presented that ideal typically describes strategic patent management practices in four developmental categories. The underlying framework integrates patent functions with strategic planning attitudes. Policy makers can apply it to survey the actual use of patents in order to identify potential for improvement in SME owned patent exploitation. Managers of these organisations can use it to evaluate the current patent management practice for making a next step towards a more active use of patents. Operationalisation of the framework into a questionnaire is grounded in a pilot study of three biotechnology firms, differing in size and age. The result has consequently been applied in a case study consisting of sixteen small-sized biopharmaceutical companies in the Netherlands. After presenting results from this sample of patent management practices, we present our findings and discuss the validity and use of the typology for abovementioned purposes.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Intellectual property; strategic patent management; typology; operationalisation; pharmaceutical biotechnology, SME.
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/proceedings/110
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