Intellectual Property Use Matrix

Tying these forms of intellectual property and intellectual assets to business needs and activities are shown in the “Intellectual Property Use Matrix” figure. In this figure the four main business silos of executive and strategic management, manufacturing, operations, and financial are shown along with the typical ways in which they use patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Note that there is a lot of overlap on both the group using and the type of intellectual property use. The pattern in this matrix clearly shows how important it is to utilize an integrated intellectual asset management system.