BBS and Intellectual Property Office look at use of patents in upcoming conference

Prof Suma Athreye, Professor of International Strategy in Brunel Business School, together with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the Economics, Research and Evidence Team, and Prof Ashish Arora from Duke University USA, are organising a conference on patent use to debate and discuss recently commissioned research into the use of patents.

patentsPatents combine incentives for the production of technological knowledge by granting temporary monopolies, with incentives for diffusion of that knowledge usually through licensing. In recent years, there has been some academic writing that has questioned whether patent regimes are paying enough attention to the latter objective. The concern is that without such diffusion, patents represent a deadweight monopoly to the innovator which can be to the detrimental to growth and further innovation. New business models have also emerged where patents are being used to underpin licensing, and the use of open innovation methods is gaining popularity in a wide variety of sectors.

The Survey of Innovation and Patent Use (SIPU) was commissioned by the IPO in order to evidence some of these trends for the UK economy and analyse the underpinning factors that make for greater patent use in the context of open innovation. In particular, the SIPU aims to provide a demand-based measure of technology licensing in the UK economy and to provide a greater understanding of the determinants of the propensity of firms to patent innovations. The conference will provide a platform for discussing the evidence on patent use and patent use in innovation and technology management. The SIPU survey results will be presented at the end of the conference.

Confirmed Speakers for the conference include:

  • John Walsh – Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech University, USA
  • Salvatore Torrisi – Professor, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Iain Cockburn – Professor of Management, Boston University, USA
  • Beth Webster – Director, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, Melbourne, Australia Ayfer Ali- Assistant Professor in Business Economics, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid
  • Deepak Hegde- Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations, Stern School of Business, New York University, USA

The conference will take place in London on 9th September 2013.

Suma Athreye is Professor of International Strategy at Brunel Business School and Founding Director of the Centre on International Business and Strategy in Emerging Markets at Brunel University. Her research focuses on internationalization and its impact on technology management in developed and in emerging economies.  Some of her well cited publications are on knowledge markets and the growth of international licensing, foreign investment into India, the growth of the Cambridge high tech cluster, the software and pharmaceutical industries in India and the internationalization of Chinese and Indian firms.  She has won several grants for her research which has also been recognized by national and international media. In her current research funded by the European Commission, she has worked closely with the Office of National Statistics to create unique firm level datasets that enable her to study the impact of international technology imports on UK firm innovation and performance. She is also working with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in the UK to estimate the returns to patenting for UK firms located in different sectors and different size groups.

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