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Authors from renowned European universities, but also from leading universities in the US and Asia as well as from industry have studied how companies plan and execute new IP practices. In this special issue of California Management Review, IP management emerges as a key component of "appropriation advantage" that the guest editors define as an actor's ability to outperform competitors in terms of taking possession of and extracting value from knowledge and technology for productive activities.
The 10 case studies analyse the use of IP by industry in detail, examining the benefits and dangers faced when making decisions on IP. All of the articles point to the importance of intensive collaboration between R&D, legal, and strategic functions for successful IP management:
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