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Innovation and Intellectual Property Management (IIPM) Laboratory

Welcome to the Innovation and Intellectual Property (IIPM) Laboratory led by Prof. Frank Tietze. We are a group of academics, students and practitioners with a deep interest in the role of intellectual property (IP) in innovation processes and systems. We are part of the University's Engineering Department, Division E (commonly known as Institute for Manufacturing - IfM), particularly the IfM's Centre for Technology Management (CTM)

The IIPM lab adopts an engineering management (firm level) and relational perspective on IP within distributed and collaborative (open) innovation processes and systems for emerging (manufacturing) technologies. Employing predominately a problem-driven research philosophy and empirical, mostly but not entirely qualitative methods, our research focuses on the role of IP and its strategic management for developing and deploying sustainable innovation (e.g. climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies), addressing global challenges, such as climate change, achieving sustainable development goals (SDG), and accelerating sustainability transitions.

Our research on Innovation and IP Management (IIPM) focuses on two priority areas:

1. Strategic IP management for innovation 

We focus on IP issues that are of strategic relevance for technology-based firms, e.g. within R&D activities, innovation processes but also in corporate strategy and decision making. Our research focuses on IP management in the context of emerging technologies, particularly those that help address global challenges, such as climate change, achieving sustainable development goals (SDG), and accelerating sustainability transitions. 

2. Novel technologies for reimagining IP management

Many services and business processes become increasingly technology-based or technology-supported. Technologies underpinning IP management have changed drastically over the recent decades with patent data being digitized and the continuous development of increasingly sophisticated software solutions for analyzing and visualizing IP data. This has just been the beginning and we are at a tipping point for how IP management is being handled. Technologies such as AI, deep and machine learning, and natural language processing have been adopted in other domains already to a much more sophisticated level than for IP analytics. Technologies, such as blockchain (and distributed ledger technologies) may contribute to the digitization of licensing transactions and the automation of complex royalty payment streams. We are interested to better understanding the business cases and models for those and other technologies and contributing to the development of such solutions that help to "reinvent" IP management. 

 

 

 

 

News & Blog articles

Disputation of Hanna in Hannover

30 May 2024

Congratulations to Hanna Jaeschke for graduating. Prof. Tietze acted as external examiner for her PhD thesis at the Leibniz University Hannover supervised by Prof. Foege, who was one of the first visiting PhD students himself (then pursuing his PhD studies at RWTH Aachen) not too long after Frank had started in Cambridge...

Visit at University of Muenster and Fraunhofer FFB

24 May 2024

Prof. Tietze had the chance of visiting Muenster in Germany earlier this week. During his stay, Prof. Tietze, together with collaborators from Münster, including Prof. Jens Leker and Prof. Simon Lux visited the recently opened “FFB PreFab” at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production (FFB) . This...

Congratulations

17 May 2024

Congratulations to Jannik Fritz who graduated today with an MPhil. Jannik has complete his MPhil research with the IIPM Lab focused on developing a tool that helps technology ventures developing IP strategies. His research is based on our IP roadmapping work. image.jpg