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Innovation and Intellectual Property Management (IIPM) Laboratory

Strategic IP and innovation management

Over the last decades the management of intellectual property (IP) has received increasing attention. With the shift from an industrial economy to knowledge and intellectual asset economies, the unbelievable speed of software development the allocation of ownership rights for intellectual property, but also the management of usage rights (licensing) is critical for firms across industries.

Particularly, in open innovation projects IP and patents in particular are perceived to be more important than in closed innovation processes. IP is often crucial for firms and other organizations, such as universities, to ensure they can maximize value capture, while actually sharing their IP. We are interested in appropriation strategies for value maximization, but also the motives behind open IP strategies (e.g. patent pledges) for accelerating technology diffusion for setting defacto or formal standards.

In our research we are interested in all strategic aspects of IP management within innovation processes, particularly in distribute and open innovation ecosystems with emphasis on emerging technologies which potentially can disrupt existing path dependencies. We are very much interested to work with sustainable technologies that contribute to accelerating economic and societal transitions to society. We are also interested in IP aspects of product-service systems (e.g. business models where product ownership is not transferred to the user, but remains with the manufacturing company). These business models have been shown to be of particular relevance for sustainability transitions and the circular economy.

Given that not many successfully proven IP management tools exist, as part of our research we aim to contribute to the development of better tools for strategic decision making around IP related aspects in the innovation process. For instance, we are interested in IP roadmapping, but also portfolio management and licensing models.

News & Blog articles

Congratulations to Max

8 February 2024

And here comes another soon-to-be IIPM alumni. Congratulations to Maximilian Elsen, who successfully completed his viva on Friday, 26th January. In his research he The title of his PhD thesis is "Inventions in Climate Technologies - A Patent Analysis". His research addresses the complexities involved in identifying and...

First IIPM alumni gathering

8 February 2024

Just in time before Christmas, on 12 December 2023 the IIPM Lab hosted its first ever hybrid alumni gathering. It was a great pleasure to see so many former postdocs, PhD students and visitors again and hear their updates on what they are currently doing and where they work. It was very nice to see that several have...

Welcome to the team

8 February 2024

A very warm welcome to Melanie Martini, who joins us from the Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT . Melanie is also a PhD student at RWTH Aachen. Her research focuses on patent data usage for trend analysis. While being in Cambridge we are working together on a project using patent data to identify...