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Mining IP: A Story of Start-Ups in the Global Mining Industry

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Two SME companies (considered start-ups) which operate in the Mining Equipment Technology Services (METS) sector of the Global Mining industry have been studied to understand the role that their IP, along with their associated IP strategy, has played in their success. With both companies starting to expand internationally, their IP strategies have become increasingly important. Both companies are reliant on technology and thrive due to a focus on and understanding of IP. Generation and protection of IP has allowed these organizations to continually grow by maintaining a strong awareness of IP across their organizations. Key insights from the case studies include the importance of IP awareness, training, non-disclosure agreements, the critical nature of a company strategy composed of robust technology and IP strategies, the importance of utilizing all relevant types of IP protection, complexities added through collaboration, taking a proactive approach, and finally, the absolute requirement to remain focused on the commercialization goals while being very conscious of IP. The clear message is that IP is a valuable asset which needs nurturing and must be actively managed throughout the entire technology life cycle and interconnected commercialization phase.

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Wilkinson, D.L., Walker, J. (2023). Mining IP: A Story of Start-Ups in the Global Mining Industry. In: Bader, M.A., Süzeroğlu-Melchiors, S. (eds) Intellectual Property Management for Start-ups. Management for Professionals. Springer, Cham.

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