Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

authoredThis article examines the relationship between patent management and indicators of a firm’s financial and patenting performance. The empirical analyses are based on a sample of 158 technology-based firms from the US and Germany across multiple industries. The article sums up the results of the analyses as such:

  • Patent protection management and patent information management are positively correlated with a firm’s level of financial profitability and the strategic and financial impact of its patent portfolio
  • The two aspects of patent management are key to determining the level of value a firm can create from patents
  • A firm’s technology strategy moderates the relationship between patent protection management and a firm’s performance

How to Create Commercial Value from Patents: The Role of Patent Management

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Value Articulation: A Framework for the Strategic Management of Intellectual Property

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Study on Patents and the Public Domain II

Friday, September 4th, 2015

How to Develop a Successful Technology Licensing Program

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Friends of the Court: Using Amicus Briefs to Identify Corporate Advocacy Positions in Supreme Court Patent Litigation

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Inventing Brand: Opportunities at the Nexus of Semiotics and Intellectual Property

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Friday, April 16th, 2010

authoredThe Value Articulation Framework is an innovation strategy framework that assimilates intellectual property management activities with the practices of marketing and strategy. The journal discusses the framework with notable examples that embody the principles as such:

  • The role of all IP regimes and their utility as management levers is central to the articulation construct
  • Optionality embedded in IP regimes can build and sustain competitive advantage
  • The Value Articulation Framework connects IP options, investments and benefits in a unique way to enable growth in existing markets and to lead the transition to new markets

James Conley and his post-doctoral students are examining:

Friday, April 16th, 2010


  • How intangible assets in general and intellectual properties in particular are changing the nature of competition for firms in both developed and developing economies.
  • Public domain IP databases and creating customized data sources that have implications for strategy, marketing and technology professionals.


The outlets for this research include journals, management reviews and more mainstream media such as the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, Professor Conley is leading workshops for academics and diffusing CRTI research findings through custom executive programs.

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

authoredThe journal attempts to reconcile the logic of strategy, intellectual property, brands, and semiotics to inform design management by developing a framework that finds visual equities at the intersection of strategy and brand meaning.


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Monday, June 9th, 2008

authoredThe article discusses the strategic use of intellectual property rights specifically trademarks by Apple to take hold of the competitive market for media players.

Shape of Things to Come

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

A Simulation-Based Design Paradigm for Complex Cast Components

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Trademarks, not Patents: The Real Competitive Advantage of the Apple iPod

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Using Brand Identity to Reinforce Market Value: The Competitive Edge

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Managing IP in the Global Marketplace: Practitioners Perspective

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004

Game Over: Emulation and the Video Game Industry

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004

A Catalyst Model for Business to Business eCommerce in the Foundry Industry

Wednesday, April 18th, 2001

Experimental Design of a Microgravity Solidification Facility to Assist with Casting Simulation Verification

Monday, April 16th, 2001

Snow White Shows the Way

Sunday, April 15th, 2001
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Academy of Inventors United States Department of Commerce  World Intellectual Property Organization