As Krummenacker (1995) states, “the only party in this copyright and patent game, which consistently benefits from the current situation, are the Intellectual Property lawyers.” A number of alternative moves to protect intellectual property with less stress on the commercial component erupted in the early nineties as a reaction to the increasingly high level of capitalization of intellectual property rights.One such project is the Creative Commons license, a collection of eleven possible conditions under which the author can protect his work, and in the meantime provide free reproduction of copyright works for educational and other socially useful purposes.For sourcing managers, this can be a lot of pressure.
And buyers aren’t collaborating with suppliers merely as providers of materials and goods, but as strategic partners that can help create products that are competitive differentiators. What’s new is that it’s taken on a much greater urgency and importance.
Supplier collaboration has always been a function of maintaining a delicate balance between demand and supply.
The early history of patents dates back to England and the 15th century Venice, while the copyright in the content of printed books come to life along with the spread of the printing press.
The first modern international legislation dealing with issues of intellectual property is certainly the Berne Convention in 1886 which laid the basis for today’s intellectual property protection (Goldstein, 2001).
The original idea of intellectual property rights was the protection of inventors and scientists, with the aim to protect the creative process, and benefit the society as a whole.
However, over time, by increasing the degree of protection, this concept actually caused an opposite effect.Ivana is a software developer mostly focused on the development of Enterprise Resource Planning systems using Microsoft technologies.She is currently in the process of writing her master’s thesis on Social Networking for the University of Liverpool Software Engineering program.Over half (65%) of procurement practitioners say procurement at their company is becoming more collaborative with suppliers, according to , by Oxford Economics. Because the pace of business has increased exponentially, and businesses must be able to respond to new market demands with agility and innovation.In this climate, buyers are relying on suppliers more than ever before.Recognizing the efforts of big companies that invest significant resources in developing new technology should not require ignoring the general social benefit.