An analysis of IP management strategies of ICT companies based on patent filings

Shabib-Ahmed Shaikh, Tarun Kumar Singhal


The number of patents being filed around the globe in the field of information and
communication technologies is increasing each year. Patents are seen as strategic assets for
companies as they provide a competitive advantage and at the same time ensure freedom to
operate and form a basis for new alliances. However, they can also be viewed as restrictions and
market barriers for new entrants who need to build their own intellectual property rights
portfolio, which in turn would give them credibility in the market. There is a need, therefore, to
learn from the world leaders who have aligned their business strategies with intellectual
property strategies and have succeeded. As no publication or public disclosure about intellectual
property strategy has been made by any of the companies, the only way to understand
intellectual property strategy is to look at patent filings, analyze them and, based on the trends,
deduce strategy. This paper tries to identify the intellectual property strategies of five US and
Indian IT companies by analyzing their patents.


Corporate strategy, IPR, patents, software patents, strategies

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