2019 (16), №4

Institutional Transformation of Intellectual Products Protection under the Conditions of Digitalization



For citation: 

Volkova, T. I., & Usoltsev, I. A. (2019). Institutional Transformation of Intellectual Products Protection under the Conditions of Digitalization. Zhurnal ekonomicheskoj Teorii [Russian Journal of Economic Theory], 16(4), 770-782


The intensification of international competition for technological leadership and the development of digital technologies exacerbate the problem of institutional protection of intellectual products (IP), including intellectual property items (IPI). This complex and interdisciplinary problem has not been sufficiently studied, especially taking into account the rapid development of digital technologies. The article investigates issues associated with identification and justification of the critical elements possessing a multifaceted and specific endogenous potential in the demanded transformation of the IP protection system. Such a formulation of the problem reflects the authors’ scientific contribution. The research methodology consisted in a dialectical synthesis of reproductive and interdisciplinary methodology. Such a methodological approach was selected due to the specific nature of such categories as IP, IPI, commercialisation and digital technology categories, which reflect the unity of socio-economic and economic-legal relations. Research methodology was also based on the system analysis, analytical-epistemological, economic-legal, structural-logical, statistical grouping and comparative estimates methods. The proposed methodology was adequate to the analysis of the process of digital technology application. The empirical basis included the factual and statistical material retrieved from recognised databases and legal acts of different levels. The obtained results can be used for the development of managerial mechanisms, regulatory and legal documents, as well as the preparation of high-level specialists and experts in the field of IP protection. However, the development of effective IPI protection instruments in Russia requires further in-depth studies of the approaches to IPI protection in leading countries.

Tat’yana Ivanovna Volkova — Doctor in Economics, Associate Professor, Departmental Head, Institutional Economics Sector, Institute of Economics of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation; e-mail: randall@bk.ru).

Ivan Aleksandrovich Usoltsev — Loan Officer, Sberbank of Russia PJSC (Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation; e-mail: nino34@yandex.ru).