The problem of distributed intellectual property bundles: A transaction cost perspective

Nitin Aggarwal, Eric A. Walden

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Technology is made up of bundles of ideas. Increasingly, these ideas are protected by intellectual property rights. Unfortunately, these intellectual property rights are often distributed across many different owners. Moreover, the technology itself is also used by many different legal entities. Thus, a burgeoning problem faced by creators of technology is how to coordinate the disseperate interests of various intellectual property owners in order to create useful technology. In this paper we apply transaction costs economics to explain the relative merits of different organization forms vis - vis the creation of technology that is made up of intellectual property.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICEC 2007
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Electronic Commerce
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2007
EventProceedings of the ninth international conference - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2007Aug 22 2007

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceProceedings of the ninth international conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN


  • Bundles
  • Coordination
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Transaction cost economics


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