In the past decades, the exploitation of patents has shifted from
purely internal exploitation, e.g., securing products from copying,
to an active commercialization of patents outside the company (e.g.,
patent sales or licensing agreements). However, only few pioneering
firms seem to be able to profit from external patent exploitation.
Many other firms experience major difficulties due to inefficiencies
in the market for technology. Because the potential of the market
for technology seems to be untapped, a new business model has
emerged: the technology market intermediary. Technology market
intermediaries are agents that fulfill a wide variety of tasks and
functions relating to the supply and demand of patents, e.g., value
patents, negotiate transaction prices or identify transaction
partners. The activities of technology market intermediaries may
help to overcome the inefficiencies in the market for technology and
facilitate external exploitation of patents.
Only few publications deal with technology market intermediaries and their utilization in firms’ external patent exploitation projects. These publications mainly describe single technology market intermediaries. However, publications on when and why firms make use of technology market intermediaries and how technology market intermediaries can be utilized for external patent exploitation are lacking. Applying a exploratory, qualitative research design and conducting case study research, my dissertation targets this white spot in management research. In order to close this gap, I intend to develop a profound theoretical framework for the management of external patent exploitation projects utilizing technology market intermediaries and to derive a typology of the modes of external patent exploitation projects using technology market intermediaries.
The primary goals of a visiting fellowship at the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) of the University of Melbourne are to finalize my dissertation and to prepare two joint academic publications. As a visiting scholar, I will have the opportunity to work and publish with Professor Elizabeth Webster, a renowned scholar in my field of research. Furthermore, I would benefit from discussing my ideas and results with the multidisciplinary faculty of the IPRIA. Therefore, a visiting fellowship will help me to improve my academic skills and to deepen my theoretical, methodological, and publishing knowledge.
External patent exploitation, Technology transfer, Patent management, Technology market intermediaries
Case study research