In the July 7, 2014 issue of 2PLM, the scope and focus of recent research on R&D Operating Environments, Organic Innovation, Open Innovation, Intellectual Property, and the Top Corporate Metrics used to measure R&D and Product Development was described. The July 21, August 4, and August 25 issues issues addressed the industry research findings regarding R&D Operating Environments, Organic R&D Innovation, and Open R&D Innovation respectively.
In this fifth of a six part series, selected GGI findings on Intellectual Property practices in R&D will be discussed. Intellectual Property [IP], for the purposes of the research, included both registered and unregistered IP associated with R&D. Company Proprietary, Trade Secret, Enabled Publications, Copyright, Trademark, Provisional Patent, and Patent were generally the categories that respondents had in their minds as they addressed eight research areas spanning R&D and the general management of IP.ources, excluding the use of contracted personnel to supplement employee-equivalent responsibilities.
Four IP areas relating to R&D and PLM were researched: Importance of IP, Financial Tracking of IP, Financial Results from IP, Processes Used To Manage IP. Over 95% of all respondent companies provided answers to these four research areas. As “IP” has been around for centuries, and registered IP began in England in the Middle Ages, one would expect a high level of corporate awareness on the subject of Intellectual Property.
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2PLM is a bi-monthly publication by John Stark Associates [JSA], based in Switzerland. JSA is focused on the body of knowledge of “Closed Loop Lifecycle Management (CL2M).” JSA and GGI have collaborated on various projects spanning three decades, including GGI’s primary research initiatives.
A note on GGI primary research initiatives:
The six GGI primary research initiatives during the the past fifteen years may be found at GGI’s Primary Research site.
The 2014 primary research, entitled the “2014 Product Development Metrics Survey”, was conducted by sending questionnaires to a wide range of companies developing products throughout North America. Participating companies had headquarters throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, but their response was for North American R&D-Product Development operations. Complete data sets were received from 200 companies. Consumer, industrial, medical, chemical, and automotive/vehicular products were the top respondent industries. Participants completed 31 questions across the five primary research subjects. The research period was September 2012 to October 2013. The results were published March 3, 2014 in a 138-page report. This research is statistically valid and provides a Margin Of Error for each research question.