Imitation Strategies for Owners of Complementary Assets

David J. Teece

in Managing Intellectual Capital

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780198295426
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596964 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies

 Imitation Strategies for Owners of Complementary Assets

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The increasing strength of intellectual property laws changes the opportunities for firms to benefit from technological innovation. These opportunities stems in part from the ease of imitation and the amount of vertical disintegration that has occurred among firms, and the disintegration provides new opportunities for firms whose home base is in less‐developed and developing countries. This chapter discusses the design of competitive strategies (imitation and complementary asset strategies) to capture value from technology developed elsewhere.

Keywords: appropriability; complementary assets; developing countries; firms; imitation; intellectual property; law; technological innovation; vertical integration

Chapter.  3616 words. 

Subjects: Microeconomics

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