BUCERIUS IP CONFERENCE 2013: INNOVATION, COMPETITION AND COLLABORATION

Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany
October 11, 2013


Professor Dr. Jacques de Werra (University of Geneva)
Managing the Risks of Intellectual Property Interdependence in the Age of Open Innovation


In an open innovation environment, inter firm co-operations and interactions will increase: licensing and other IP based transactions will increase. A licensee is dependent on the licensor so that it may be justified to protect the licensee in case of bankruptcy of the licensor. Similarly sub licensees may also need to be protected if the main license terminates (as decided by the BGH recently).

Similarly, in such an environment, situations of IP co-ownerships or of public-partnership co-operations will increase and will create intricate complexities of IP co-ownerships. The talk will present these issues and discuss how they could be best addressed for serving open innovation networks.