Collaborative innovation appeals to the more generous side of human nature, and has found a lifeline through the power of globalisation. As the development of communication tools enables research and development (R&D) teams to work ever closer with each other on international projects, the growth of jointly owned IP seems like an inevitable outcome of global trends.
However, there are downsides. Differences between territorial laws governing the participants’ activities can put a strain on the working relationship, and economic factors can lead to compromised notions of fairness.
To read Donal O’Connell’s critique of jointly owned IP, click here.
In his new blog, Donal O'Connell casts a critical eye over jointly owned IP and suggests some alternative strategies