This unique book – informed by ten years research – focuses on intellectual property and charts the global transition towards intellectual capitalism with technology-based corporations as prime movers. The book gives a comprehensive overview of the history and fundamentals of intellectual property as well as a textbook introduction to the field.
The book sheds new light on the economics and management of intellectual property in large corporations in Europe, Japan and the US. Special emphasis is given to strategies for the acquisition and commercialization of new technologies, patent strategies and strategies for secrecy and trademark, technology intelligence and corporate management of intellectual property. It includes an in-depth study of leading large corporations in Japan – including Canon, Hitachi, Toshiba and Sony. In conclusion, it explores the possible evolution of intellectual property management towards a distributed intellectual capital management in the context of a wider transition to intellectual capitalism, fueled by new technologies in general and new infocom technologies in particular.
The book will have particular appeal to practitioners such as managers, economists, engineers and lawyers as well as students and scholars of industrial organization, economics of innovation and technical change, and management of technology.
Ove Granstrand’s book takes the reader into uncharted waters: the waters of an Intellectual Capitalism that promises to restructure the organization of economic life in the 21st century. In the course of his examination he shines the spotlight on recent developments in Japanese corporate capitalism that will prove to be highly illuminating to western readers.
– Nathan Rosenberg, Stanford University, US
This insightful book analyzes developments in Japan, Sweden, and the United States to illuminate the increasing emphasis placed on intellectual property in corporate strategies.
– F.M. Scherer, Harvard University and Princeton University, US