Intellectual property protection (IPR) has become fundamental over the last few decades. However, the importance of IPR is often overlooked by the supply chain. As regards academic debate, there are many academic frameworks on Responsible Supply Chain (RSC) and IPR. However, few academic models are aimed at applying RSC issues to IPR, with the exception of a recent essay by several scholars of Graduate School of Stanford Business (Gillai, Rammohan and Lee 2014). Examining other supplementary approaches is important in order to enrich and strengthen theoretical arguments concerning Stanford’s RSC framework. Our work is based on a case study. We chose to analyze the case of Siemens AG, because it has an advanced vision of RSC and IPR contrary to other European companies. In fact, this German multinational corporation may be considered as a paradigmatic case in excellent managing of IPR into RSC. With regard to its best practices, the Siemens’ Supplier Sustainability Toolkit, Siemens’ systematic approach to proactive and reactive inspection, and the Siemens Compliance System may be a model for other companies. Moreover, establishing a centralized Corporate Intellectual Property by Siemens is important to safeguard IPR throughout the supply chain.

Applying supply chain sustainability to intellectual property protection a case study

Marinello Vincenzo
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2015

Abstract

Intellectual property protection (IPR) has become fundamental over the last few decades. However, the importance of IPR is often overlooked by the supply chain. As regards academic debate, there are many academic frameworks on Responsible Supply Chain (RSC) and IPR. However, few academic models are aimed at applying RSC issues to IPR, with the exception of a recent essay by several scholars of Graduate School of Stanford Business (Gillai, Rammohan and Lee 2014). Examining other supplementary approaches is important in order to enrich and strengthen theoretical arguments concerning Stanford’s RSC framework. Our work is based on a case study. We chose to analyze the case of Siemens AG, because it has an advanced vision of RSC and IPR contrary to other European companies. In fact, this German multinational corporation may be considered as a paradigmatic case in excellent managing of IPR into RSC. With regard to its best practices, the Siemens’ Supplier Sustainability Toolkit, Siemens’ systematic approach to proactive and reactive inspection, and the Siemens Compliance System may be a model for other companies. Moreover, establishing a centralized Corporate Intellectual Property by Siemens is important to safeguard IPR throughout the supply chain.
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