AJIBM  Vol.6 No.12 , December 2016
Does Venture Capital Investment Lead to a Change in Start-Ups’ Intellectual Property Strategies?
Abstract: This paper examines the influence of venture capital (VC) funding on start-ups’ intellectual property (IP) strategies. More specifically, the number of additionally filed patent and trademark applications after subsequent VC funding rounds is investigated. The results from the analysis of 531 start-ups show that VC funding has a strong influence on consecutive IP strategy. Already first funding rounds lead to a remarkable growth of start-ups’ IP portfolios. Yet, although VCs especially promote product commercialization of start-ups, a greater growth of trademark compared to patent portfolios cannot be identified. However, this changes during the progress along the venture cycle.
Cite this paper: Sandner, P. , Dufter, C. and Geibel, R. (2016) Does Venture Capital Investment Lead to a Change in Start-Ups’ Intellectual Property Strategies?. American Journal of Industrial and Business Management, 6, 1146-1173. doi: 10.4236/ajibm.2016.612107.

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