Open IP strategies for emerging technologies

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Engineering


The research will explore a recent phenomenon that can be labelled "OpenIP", for instance where large IP owners (e. g. Tesla, Toyota and Google) strategically make IP freely available through "patent pledges". These seem to be deliberately designed by companies for different reasons and with a number of restrictions on licensees, such as non- assertion clauses. The purpose of this 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 OpenIP-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. The project aims to recognize, why OpenIP-strategies are employed and which, by whom and how these strategies are utilized.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509620/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1946592 Studentship EP/N509620/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2020 Jonas Ehrnsperger