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Signs of things to come? What patent submissions by small and medium-sized enterprises say about corporate strategies in emerging technologies
Technological Forecasting and Social Change (2013)
  • Kay Luciano, University of California - Santa Barbara
  • Youtie Jan, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Philip Shapira
Abstract
The management of intellectual property (IP) – particularly in the form of patents – has become of increasing importance to technology-oriented small and mid-sized businesses. Such companies adopt diverse strategies to develop and exploit knowledge as they move along innovation pathways from research and development (R&D) to technology commercialization. This investigation examines IP submissions through recent patents in the field of nanotechnology to better understand those strategies and focuses on how indicators of R&D activity, collaborations, funding and firm characteristics can be used to garner strategic and competitive intelligence about the orientations and IP strategies of technology-based firms. Our analysis of data from the Georgia Tech's Global Nanotechnology Database and other sources and illustrative case studies of U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises in nanotechnology shows that there are at least two different strategic approaches to enter this field and distinctive roles along the innovation pathway. A longer-term strategy is associated with nanotechnology research and discovery and possibly use of nanotechnologies to enhance properties of products. Another strategy is associated with a newer generation of firms with a strong focus on novel nanotechnology product development and commercialization and more intensive patenting activity.
Keywords
  • Nanotechnology,
  • Small and medium enterprises,
  • Intellectual property,
  • Competitive intelligence,
  • Patents,
  • Corporate strategies
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Kay Luciano, Youtie Jan and Philip Shapira. "Signs of things to come? What patent submissions by small and medium-sized enterprises say about corporate strategies in emerging technologies" Technological Forecasting and Social Change (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/pshapira/59/