A critical examination of the application of blockchain technology for intellectual property management

Ito, Kensuke and O'Dair, Marcus (2019) A critical examination of the application of blockchain technology for intellectual property management. In: Business Transformation through Blockchain: Volume II. Treiblmaier, Horst and Beck, Roman, eds. Palgrave. ISBN 9783319990576 (Accepted/In press)

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Abstract

This chapter critically investigates the application of blockchain technology for intellectual property management. To date, there have been relatively few critical discussions of the feasibility of utilising blockchain technology for the management of intellectual property, although much has been written, in media and industry sources, about the potential. Our aim, by contrast, is to examine possible limitations - and, subsequently, to suggest tentative solutions to the limitations we identify. Specifically, this paper aims to examine the use of blockchain technology for intellectual property management from two perspectives: operation and implementation. We conclude that, while commentators often focus on technical characteristics of blockchain technology itself, it is the incentive design – which was fundamental to the original Bitcoin proposal – that is also critical to truly decentralised, and disintermediated, intellectual property management.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts
Item ID: 25167
Notes on copyright: The full text is the author’s accepted manuscript of the book manuscript accepted for publication after peer review, but prior to copyediting and typesetting. The published version is available via https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319990576
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Depositing User: Dr Marcus O'Dair
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2018 11:42
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 09:18
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/25167

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