Thursday 2 December 2010

IP and Business Growth

In 1999, the London-based Equity Research Unit of investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston issued a report entitled “Technology Licensing – Intellectual Property Rights and Wrongs”. The report considered the prospects for long-term growth of five small IP licensing companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.

A recent working paper from the Engineering Intellectual Property Research Unit at Cranfield University considers the progress of one of the companies, Xaar plc, in the ten years since the report was written. Using information from public annual reports, the paper investigates the extent to which IP has contributed to Xaar's income and the significance of other, non-IP factors (see Neil Wilkof’s recent post in this regard).

A full copy of the paper is available here.

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