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How managers protect the intellectual property rights in China using de facto strategies

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abstract Foreign firms trying to protect their intellectual property rights (IPRs) in emerging economies
are suffering real pressures because these economies usually offer little or no enforcement of
IPR. Foreign firms therefore have to resort to approaches unlike those they use in developed
countries. This paper explores what managers of foreign firms in China have already tried in
their efforts to achieve effective IPR protection – specifically, they have crafted de facto
strategies that can protect IPR without using China’s legal system or engaging in lawsuits
against imitators. These strategies work, and this paper explains how and why, thus offering a
potential template for IPR protection in other economies with weak appropriability systems.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords China, international, innovation, R&D
   
project New concepts for international R&D: Perspectives from China
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 12-6-2009
journal R&D Management
publisher Blackwell
volume of journal 39
number of issue 2
page(s) 211-224
review double-blind review
   
citation Keupp, M. M., Beckenbauer, A., & Gassmann, O. (2009). How managers protect the intellectual property rights in China using de facto strategies. R&D Management, 39(2), 211-224.