Intellectual property management, dynamic capabilities and competitive innovation in the commercial aircraft industry

Punyapat Saksupapchon, Kelvin W. Willoughby

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Abstract

In this paper we combine insights from two streams of literature within the broad academic domain of strategic management – namely intellectual property management and dynamic capabilities – to advance our understanding of the dynamics of competition and innovation in technology-intensive industries dominated by large companies with highly complex products and businesses, large operational scale, and broad international reach. We argue that a firm’s IP management capability ought to be viewed as a dynamic capability, as propounded by Teece et al. (1997) and Teece (2007), and we accordingly propose a generic competition-influenced evolutionary pattern of patent application strategies, embodying three development phases: 1) passive strategy, during the early phase; 2) aggressive strategy, during the growth phase; 3) sophisticated strategy at the maturity phase. We test our ideas through a study of the patenting behaviour of two major competing firms in the commercial aircraft industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-262
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Intellectual Property Management
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Airbus
  • Boeing
  • Commercial aircraft industry
  • Dynamic capabilities
  • Intellectual property
  • IP management
  • Patent application strategies
  • Technological innovation

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