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BOOKLET 5In Confidence:An Introduction to Trade Secrets for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (expected publication 2009)BOOKLET 6
An Introduction to Intellectual Assets Strategies for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
(expected publication 2009)
Historically the focus has been on providing an enabling framework of statutory rights, and the means for obtaining and disputing these rights. CHALLENGE 1: THE IP SYSTEM SHOULD SERVE THE NEEDS OF SMEs & NOT VICE VERSA
A good deal less attention has been paid to how well business has understood this framework, how far and how successfully business has used it, or how well it has utilized other means such as confidentiality agreements to secure value from know-how. CHALLENGE 2: THE IP SYSTEM SHOULD ENCOMPASS MORE THAN PATENTS & MORE THAN JUST IP ITSELF [IP] is central to the business models of many of our companies. The paradox is that nevertheless it continues too often to be seen as the preserve of technical specialists CHALLENGE 3: AS TECHNICAL SPECIALISTS WE SHOULD EMBRACE THE ROLE OF TRANSLATORS FOR THE SME COMMUNITY
Baroness Morgan (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Intellectual Property and Quality) in a speech given on World IP Day 2008 set out a UK Innovation Strategy which contained three underlying challenges:
The Innovation Process InnovationIP Wales finding:
The main ingredients for the success of a SME knowledge based business are management, finance and access to advanced technology & know-how.
Finance looks for good management teams, poor management teams rarely find finance.
A better management team will make more commercial use of a poorer technology than a poorer management team will make of a better technology
Closed innovation single trackIdeas &Current Market Place ResearchDevelopmentCommercialisationInvestigationsBased upon Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm (2006) Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke & Joel West12345
Open innovation three lane highwayIdeas &Current Market Place ResearchDevelopmentCommercialisationInvestigationsNew Market PlaceOther firms Market PlaceExternal Ideas &InvestigationslicensingExternal TechnologiesTechnology spin-offsInsourcing gateOutsourcing gateBased upon Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm (2006) Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke & Joel West12345
Intellectual Assets Crown
IAs PLAN IAs PLAN IAs PLANBUSINESSPLAN IAs STRATEGYBased upon Intergrated Intellectual Asset Management: A Guide to Exploiting and Protecting your Organizations Intellectual Assets (2006) Steve Manton
IP role and importance of IP protectionImportance of IP protection (Question 14)Not relevantMain role of IP (Question 5)Nice to haveUsefulCriticalTradable assetLicensingMonopolyDefensiveAABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPThis chart shows that 8 out of 16 companies intend to use their IP in a licensing role and all understand the importance of IP protection.