Holistic Intellectual Property Protection of Virtual Product Models in Product Development Networks

DS 58-8: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 8, Design Information and Knowledge, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Abramovici, Michael; Meimann, Valentin
Series: ICED
Section: Design Information and Knowledge
Page(s): 215-226


Due to the increasing virtualization of the product development process a large amount of company-specific product know-how is stored within CAD models. The knowledge integrated in virtual models represents a key competitive factor for companies in the context of a global collaborative product creation and, therefore, has to be protected from uncontrolled access. This paper proposes a new process-oriented holistic approach for Intellectual Property Protection (IPP) of CAD models. The core of the solution is a methodical framework for the development of virtual products under consideration of know-how protection aspects. The requirements for the IT-supported solution were generated from the analysis of a series of representative use cases, considering a knowledge-intensive data exchange within cooperative product development projects and possible threat scenarios.

Keywords: Keywords: Virtual Product Development, Virtual Product, Intellectual Property Protection (IPP)


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