Call for Papers: Special Issue “Intangible Corporate Intellectual Property Rights Assets: Finance and Governance for Sustainability Transitions”

About the Issue:

It is a common understanding that the magnitude of corporate ownership of intangible intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and designs) has a pervasive role in the modern business environment.  Intellectual property rights (IPRs) are fundamental, yet intangible resources for explaining various aspects of economic value creation, critical for fostering resilience, growth and corporate longevity. However, varying degrees of knowledge and understanding of IPRs inhibit management and corporate communication between firms, their shareholders and other stakeholders in traditional financial accounts and narrative corporate reports.

This Special Issue brings together academic lawyers, business scholars and relevant IP and other professionals who share a common interest in the role of intangible IPRs in corporate governance and reporting. We are open to authors representing various methodological approaches, from traditional legal analysis to interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches and methodologies.  We welcome authors presenting different national and regional perspectives.  Researchers are encouraged to submit articles that showcase evidence regarding how best to regulate corporate IPR asset disclosures and materiality, with a view to ensuring corporate accountability for statements and claims made and avoiding greenwashing.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 


  • accountability
  • annual report
  • branding
  • directors’ duties
  • ESG
  • intangibles
  • innovation
  • intellectual property rights
  • IP management
  • IP strategy
  • corporate governance
  • corporate reporting
  • greenwashing
  • materiality
  • responsible business
  • sustainable transitions SDG 9
  • transparency


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