Making sense of diversity and reluctance: Academic-industrial relations and intellectual property

Brian Rappert*, Andrew Webster, David Charles

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    Abstract

    The commercialisation of the public sector research base, and in particular academic research, has been a continuing preoccupation among policy makers around the world. Empirically, these issues are explored in the management of intellectual property in university spin-offs (USOs) that emerge through both informal and formal linkages with universities across three sectors. The paper utilises a recently developed methodology to map knowledge flows as well as linkages between organisations. This enables us to examine the exchange of knowledge in commercial and academic networks and the implications of changes in the sponsorship, ownership, and proprietary status of knowledge for these patterns of exchange. It is argued that some of the most important points of tension between universities and the firms studied derive from misconceptions in the value of intellectual property rights.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)873-890
    Number of pages18
    JournalResearch Policy
    Volume28
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 1999

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