Intellectual property protection is increasingly becoming a central issue for businesses. This book provides a wealth of original research on intellectual property management in small and medium sized enterprises, while also addressing the context of innovation and knowledge management.
Robert A. Blackburn (PhD) is Director of Research, Kingston Business School and HSBC Professor of Small Business Studies, Kingston University, UK. He has extensive experience of researching the smaller enterprise, using a variety of methodological approaches. He is editor of the International Small Business Journal and co-author of Researching the Small Enterprise (with James Curran). He is a member of the Institute of Small Business Affairs and the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.
1. Introduction John Adams 2. Overview: the context, IP in SMEs Robert Blackburn 3. A strategic approach to managing intellectual property Duncan Matthews, John Pickering and John Kirkland 4. Copyright protection strategies by small textile firms Keith Dickson, Anne-Marie Coles and Adrian Woods 5. IP in Biotechnology firms Sandra Thomas 6. Management of IP by electronic publishers Puay Tang 7. Controlling intellectual property across the high-tech frontier: university spin-offs, SMEs, and the science base A.J. Webster, B. Rappert and D.R. Charles 8. Worlds apart: patent information and innovation in SMEs Stuart MacDonald 9. Barriers to the use of patent information in SMEs M. Hall, Charles Oppenheim and Maggie Sheen