Establishing IP culture in an Organization 

IP culture must be a part and parcel of any innovative company’s vision and mission, but, a big question for startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is how to establish an IP culture within their organization. Startups and SMEs can create an IP culture by forming an IP policy for  the organization. The policy will ensure that IP culture is embedded in the company on a horizontal level across all functionalities and is practiced by all employees on a day-to-day basis irrespective of the level of engagement. 

CXO/Entrepreneurs/Business owners should push to create an IP culture  by  continuous  and  rigorous  training  and awareness  campaigns  led  by the  senior leadership  team.  Employees,  staff and  contractors should be encouraged to create valuable IP assets for the firm and competitive benefits and profit-sharing agreements can be used for sharing the economic value generated by such innovation and stimulate a culture of innovation. All managers and senior managers should be trained on the principles of effective IP policy implementation and enforcement along with the firm’s IP strategy and position on creation, acquisition, maintenance and enforcement of IP assets and rights.  The established IP culture will help  your firm to  steer  its  research  and  development efforts in the direction of market leadership and economic growth. 

You can also start IP policy and awareness campaigns in your organization to educate all staff about  routine  tasks  that  require  special  considerations  due  to  IP  rights  concerns,  such  as impacts   of   disclosing   innovations   or   experimental   designs   and   results   via   academic publications  and  technical  whitepapers,  product  manuals,  etc.  Education  about  detecting  and  reporting  third-party  rights violations could also be provided to all staff, including litigation threats to the business due to patent infringement, trade secret violations, copyright violations as well as impacts of open-source software licenses.

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