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The Economics and Management of Intellectual Property
Towards Intellectual Capitalism
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.
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'It is recommended to managers, economists, engineers and lawyers and for the students and academics researching in the area.' -- The Computer Law and Security Report '... Professor Granstrand has achieved a lot in this volume... it contains a wealth of very useful material to feed graduate students, particularly those involved in industrial economics MBA courses and other postgraduate economics and management study, as well as offering a detailed look at the realities of IP management for professional managers and policymakers.' -- Christine Greenhalgh, The Economic Journal 'As well as all the other fine things in this book, Professor Granstrand has given us a working vocabulary for the debate on these larger issues which is now getting under way, and I have no doubt that it will have wide influence, which it richly deserves.' -- W. Kingston, Journal of Economics/Zeitschrift fur Nationalokonomie 'Throughout the book, [Granstrand] instructively compares and contrasts the management of intellectual property in the US, Japan and Europe. The first section, on the philosophy, history and economics of intellectual property, is very detailed and displays an excellent grasp of the many strands of literature on this subject... Granstrand does an excellent job of organizing an immense quantity of material on intellectual property.' -- M. Perelman, Choice 'Professor Ove Granstrand furnishes us with useful suggestions for effective intellectual property (IP) management using the detailed analysis of data and facts on the Japanese industries which have successfully developed since World War II. He repeatedly visited Japan and conducted many interviews with corporate IP experts and top management. This book is really informative for not only those interested in IP but also R&D leaders and those in top business management.' -- Akira Mifune, TheraTech Japan Inc., Japan '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