Jonas Ehrnsperger has joined CTM as a PhD Candidate in October 2017 and is supervised by Dr Frank Tietze. Jonas has obtained his Master of Science degree in Technology Management from the University of Stuttgart and his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Patent Engineering from the Technical University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden. In addition to his studies, he worked in various Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Management departments of large firms and research institutes, including BMW, Daimler and Fraunhofer IAO. Furthermore, he founded his own IP Search company in 2017 and has written and filed over 10 patent applications in several patent attorney firms. Jonas received the Doctoral Studies Award 2017 from the Research and Development Management Association (RADMA – co-proprietor of the R&D Management Journal) and is also funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC).
His doctoral research concentrates on ‘Open IP strategies for emerging technologies’. In 2014, Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO, announced that everyone can use Tesla’s patents for free. One year later, Toyota applied the same strategy by releasing 5,680 patents relating to the fuel cell technology. For more information about the project click here.
In addition to his PhD, Jonas is also pursuing an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is an avid member of ‘The Cambridge Union’, which he supports as an Audio and Visual Officer.