Title

Intellectual property rights management in small and medium-sized social enterprises in Australia

Date of this Version

12-2015

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Cantatore, F., & Crawford-Spencer, E. (2015). Intellectual property rights management in small and medium-sized social enterprises in Australia. Intellectual Property Quarterly, 4, 328-342.

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ISSN

1364-906X

Abstract

This article identifies the role and significance of intellectual property ( IP) management in small and medium-sized social enterprises ( SMSEs) and aims to address a gap in the available literature dealing with IP use and management in social enterprise ( SE). The findings are based on the results of a qualitative study undertaken with Australian SMSEs, in the form of in-depth semi-structured interviews. The research identifies how SMSEs view and manage their IP rights, and the significance of these rights in the organisation. The findings suggest that there is a significant lack of IP rights management strategies for protection of IP assets such as trade marks, copyright and patents on the part of SMSEs. This is largely due to a lack of resources and knowledge— SMSEs are typically cash poor and often lack sophisticated management skills and legal assistance. The article considers the findings in depth and advocates, in conclusion, a more proactive IP management approach by SMSEs. Additionally, it offers a suggested model for SMSEs to incorporate an IP management strategy into their existing structures.

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