Open IP strategies for emerging technologies

In 2014, Elon Musk surprised the Automotive Industry around the globe by announcing that anyone with “good faith” could use Teslas patents for free. As paradoxical as this announcement seems, Tesla is by far not the first and only one who utilizes a so called “OpenIP-strategy”. IBM, Google and the NASA also released parts of their protected inventions. But why would anyone continue to pay money for patents in order to keep them alive and simultaneously allow the broader public to use these patents for free?

The purpose of this research project is twofold: First, to develop practical decision frameworks, methods and tools that help firms to decide whether to adopt OpenIP-approaches and select the most appropriate type on the one hand and how to respond to Open IP approaches on the other hand. Second, to better understand OpenIP-strategies and their consequences on R&D Management and technology diffusion as well as their societal impact.

This project is funded by theEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and theResearch and Development Management Association (RADMA).

Project lead:Jonas Ehrnsperger

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