The use of patents in Dutch biopharmaceutical SME: A typology for assessing strategic patent management maturity

Sander Kern, Rik van Reekum

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference 2008
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9789036526685
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2008 - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 21 May 200823 May 2008
Conference number: 16

Conference

Conference16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2008
Abbreviated titleHTSF
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityEnschede
Period21/05/0823/05/08

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