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Innovation and Intellectual Property Management (IIPM) Laboratory

Building stronger intellectual property strategy capabilities

Supporting SMEs to suceed with open innovation

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are considered to be the engine of the European economy. They are expected to lead the ‘twin transitions’ towards climate neutrality and digital leadership set out in the European Commission’s (The Commission) industrial strategy. It is generally accepted that they will play an important role in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. While SMEs are a heterogeneous group of businesses, many SMEs pioneer new technologies, products, services and software. As those solutions become increasingly technologically complex, SMEs more frequently engage in collaborations with a wide range of partners, i.e. Open Innovation (OI). After an official commitment to OI in 2016, the Commission continues to promote OI as part of its digital single market and innovation policies. Not only for SMEs working on key enabling technologies, their Hard-IP (e.g. patents, trademarks), but often more so their Soft-IP (e.g. data, know-how), represents a considerable value to their business. However, a large share of SMEs still lacks awareness and understanding of IP, not least to effectively appropriate the benefits of OI. This study was commissioned to provide an empirical basis for existing OI models and the extent to which IP – including patents, utility models, designs, but also trade secrets, data and know-how – facilitates or hinders OI, with a particular focus on SMEs.


Additive manufacturing innovationsAdditive Manufacturing Innovations by UK Organisations

A review of patents and literature published between 2006 and 2015
Jane List and Frank Tietze


Future patent analyticsExploring The Future Of Patent Analytics

Leonidas Aristodemou and Frank Tietze


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PhD student secures Enrichment Placement Award at The Alan Turing Institute

10 October 2022

Congratulations to Max for securing a place on The Alan Turing Institute’s 2022/23 Enrichment scheme. His research focuses on the identification and classification of climate change mitigation technologies from patent data. Further details here .

Frank Tietze becomes President of the EPIP Association

21 September 2022

Following the general assembly at this year's EPIP conference Frank Tietze has been confirmed as the association's new president.

Maximilian Elsen on research visit at ETH Zurich

11 August 2022

Max, who is currently a second year PhD Candidate within the IIPM, is visiting ETH Zurich over July and August to work in the Group for Sustainability and Technology ( ). Within his PhD, Max works on a project that researches the sustainability value of firm-level patent portfolios. He works...