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Open business models and intellectual property rights in services

The Big Innovation Centre has completed research exploring innovation in services, focusing on how service firms use intellectual property in open business models. The research  draws on a number of case studies from within the service sector.

Despite considerable interest in this area, we had felt that the topic remained poorly understood, and weakly defined. Our project aimed to explore and define several critically important areas:

  • Open business models, in the contexts of innovation and of managing intellectual property rights (IPR)
  • The strategic benefits service firms seek, and the obstacles they encounter, when using IPR as a strategic tool in open business models.
  • How existing elements and mechanisms promote the successful use of open business models and what new elements or mechanisms might improve the existing regime.

Our research into these issues culminated with 'Service Innovation Platform: Open business models and intellectual property', a report commissioned by the Danish Technological Institute.