Legal Risk Analysis with Respect to IPR in a Collaborative Engineering Virtual Organization

  • Tobias Mahler
  • Fredrik Vraalsen
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 186)


Establishing and operating a virtual organization implies a number of challenges from many different perspectives, including socio-economic, organizational, legal and computational issues. This paper focuses on the legal aspects with a particular view on legal risks with respect to intellectual property rights. A risk analysis with respect to legal issues can either be based on abstract legal reasoning or it can focus on the business reality and the specific characterizations of the virtual organization. This paper follows the latter approach; it presents selected findings of a legal risk analysis of a business scenario in the collaborative engineering field. The legal risk analysis was performed in collaboration between lawyers and other professionals in order to highlight how different legal and non-legal aspects relate to each other. Graphical models of risks and treatments were utilized in order to reduce communicational barriers between experts in this multidisciplinary setting.


Legal Issue Intellectual Property Right Legal Personality Virtual Organization Confidential Information 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tobias Mahler
    • 1
  • Fredrik Vraalsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL)University of OsloOslo
  2. 2.SINTEF Information and Communication TechnologyNorway

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