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Measuring the Immeasurable

Valuing Patent Protection of Knowledge-Based Competitive Advantages

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Christian Grube
    Pages 1-7
  3. Christian Grube
    Pages 9-57
  4. Christian Grube
    Pages 107-172
  5. Christian Grube
    Pages 207-215
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 217-249

About this book


Patent rights count among the most important resources in modern economies and can be a major driver of a firm’s performance. The efficient management of these key resources, however, requires understanding their inherent value potential. The complex nature of patent rights usually challenges traditional approaches to value.

Christian Grube analyses the value potential of patent protection of knowledge-based competitive advantages. He extends existing research on the knowledge-based view of the firm and reviews approaches and methods to value national and international patent rights. The author complements his theoretical research by empirical analyses on the value of licensing agreements and on the adequacy of bibliographic patent data for patent valuation. His findings show that complex licensing contracts represent a profitable strategy to exploit the value of patented inventions and that bibliographic patent data can support the valuation of complex patent portfolios.


Bewertungstheorie F&E Invention Patente Patentschutz Strategisches Management Wirtschaftsprüfung patent valuation

About the authors

Dr. Christian Grube promovierte bei Prof. Dr. Andreas Bausch am Lehrstuhl für Strategisches Management und Controlling der Jacobs University Bremen. Er ist als Referent für Bewertungsfragen in einem großen internationalen Industriekonzern tätig.

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Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods
Materials & Steel
Finance, Business & Banking