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Many emerging economies are characterised by weak appropriability
systems and absent legal systems to punish imitators. This places
foreign firms’ intellectual property rights at risk, because
existing appropriation methods, such as patents or secrecy, cannot
function effectively. This concern especially applies to China, the
empirical context of this article.
Such adverse conditions force managers to devise new strategies to safeguard their firms’ intellectual property rights. Yet no evidence describes whether strategies exist, which forms they take, how they have evolved or how they get implemented.
This article addresses this knowledge gap and explores strategies that managers have developed to achieve de facto protection, despite China’s weak appropriability system. The analysis systematically explores 13 cases of foreign firms with wholly owned subsidiaries in China.
The findings confirm that de facto strategies exist, describe how they work and detail how they were achieved. The findings suggest implications for both managers and academics.
Intellectual property rights · China · Appropriability regime ·
De facto protection strategies
|project||New theoretical perspectives for international innovation: Research gaps and the need for intrafirm information|
|kind of paper||journal article|
|date of appearance||2-2010|
|journal||Management International Review|
|publisher||Gabler Verlag (Wiesbaden)|
|volume of journal||50|
|number of issue||1|
|citation||Keupp, M. M., Beckenbauer, A., & Gassmann, O. (2010). Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in Weak Appropriability Regimes: The Case of de Facto Protection Strategies in China. Management International Review, 50(1), 109-130, DOI:10.1007/s11575-009-0020-9.|