Great expectations : Learning the boundaries of design rights
Heikkilä, J., & Peltoniemi, M. (2019). Great expectations : Learning the boundaries of design rights. Research Policy, 48(9), Article 103795. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2019.05.004
Published inResearch Policy
DisciplineBasic or discovery scholarshipStrategia ja yrittäjyysTaloustiedeBasic or discovery scholarshipStrategy and EntrepreneurshipEconomics
Embargoed until: 2022-11-09Request copy from author
© 2019 Elsevier B.V.
We present a case study of an increase in design right filings and concurrent design right litigations in an industry that previously had little experience of design right protection. The motives for and outcomes of filing, and how these changed over time are discussed. We go on to explore the events, which offered the decision makers opportunities to update their beliefs about the scope of design right protection. We find that filing motives changed from specific protection goals to freedom to operate over time. We also find that the actors faced several, but sometimes contradictory, learning opportunities. There are two types of learning relating to the usage of design rights: 1) learning the initial scope of protection and 2) learning the dynamism of scope that results from the growing number of designs in the product category. The evidence suggests that the scope of existing design rights is negatively affected by new design right grants. Our findings highlight the essential role of belief formation and updating in innovation activity and intellectual property rights-based competition. We conclude that uncertain design rights and information asymmetries may have fostered entrepreneurial optimism. ...
Publication in research information system
MetadataShow full item record
- Kauppakorkeakoulu 
Additional information about fundingThe financial support from Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation, OP-Pohjola group’s research foundation, IPR University Center Association and the Finnish Sauna Society is gratefully acknowledged.
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
Lindroos, Juho (2015)Striving for greater economic growth, requires a great understanding of the underlying factors. One of the factors may be the intellectual property rights and the level of its protection. Whether it is and how does it ...
Heikkilä, Jussi (University of Jyväskylä, 2018)This dissertation consists of introduction chapter and five empirical studies on European intellectual property rights institutions. Chapters 2, 3 and 4 are micro-level studies and the perspective shifts to macro-level ...
Heikkilä, Jussi (2012)The goal of this study is to shed light on the relationship between intellectual property (IP) strategies and firm growth. In brief, IP strategies are means of capturing returns on innovation investments. Employment effects ...
Differences in Immaterial Details : Dimensional Conversion and Its Implications for Protecting Digital Designs Under EU Design Law Antikainen, Mikko (Springer, 2021)The paper considers three main questions: the legal status of digital designs from the perspective of EU design law, whether the protection is tied to the reproduction of physical products, and whether the scope of protection ...