Software Technology Transfer Using a Patent-Based Open Source Model

My current work in software technology transfer seeks to identify successful business models for university-based spin-off companies based on a framework that combines software patents with open source software. Under this framework, software patents are used to protect innovative software technology and computer-implemented inventions. In contrast to the usual approach of licensing such patents for exclusive use in proprietary products, however, the model explored in this work makes the technologies available for free implementation under open source licenses. The business model is based on dual licensing of commercial applications that combine open source technology with proprietary hardware and/or software components.

From a philosophical perspective, the overall goal of this work is to achieve synergy between three systems of technology knowledge development.

From a practical perspective, this work is intended to advance the following objectives.

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