Intellectual Property Protection in Small Knowledge Intensive Enterprises
Riikka Kulmala and
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Riikka Kulmala: Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland
Juha Kettunen: Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland
International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT), 2014, vol. 4, issue 4, 47-63
Knowledge-based assets, intellectual property, and capital play a fundamental role in an enterprise's competitiveness, especially in small knowledge intensive enterprises. Small knowledge intensive enterprises need to create new ways of operating in order to manage the intellectual and knowledge-based assets in their organizations more efficiently. Organizational knowledge and intellectual property can be protected, either formally via IPR, or informally via efficient knowledge management. Successful IP protection requires systematic intellectual property and knowledge management. Intellectual property protection via efficient knowledge management affects the entire organization rather than being just a separate task. It needs to be embedded in organizational work routines, practices, and processes as an overall operational strategy. When embedded in organizational work processes, IP protection and knowledge management become a continuous part of work routines and tasks in the enterprise, not a separate action.
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