Innovation and IP Management
Traditionally, IP has often been often associated with the protection of technology through intellectual property rights, such as patents. IP is often seen as administrative "burden" rather than a business asset that can be used strategically to create and capture value.
The IIPM research group takes a managerial (firm level) and relational perspective on all things IP (Intellectual Property) within distributed and collaborative (open) innovation processes for emerging (manufacturing) technologies.
While there is a natural focus on patents often being the most important intellectual property right (IPR) for technology-based firms, we take a broad perspective also including design rights, trade secrets, defensive publishing and open source software and licensing as these are all part of an integrated IP management approach. Our research on Innovation and IP Management (IIPM) focuses on two research areas:
1. Strategic IP management for effective innovation processes
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. For instance, we look into open IP strategies, such as patent pledges, for establishing standards as well as IP based business models.
2. New technologies for reinventing IP management
Technologies underpinning IP management have changed drastically over the recent decades with patent data being digitized and the continous development of increasingly sophisticated software solutions for analyzing and visualizing IP data. We however believe that this has just been the beginning and we are a tipping point for how IP management is being handled. Technologies such as AI, deep and machine learning have been adopted in other domains already to a much more sophisticated level that for IP analytics. Technologies, such as blockchain may contribute to digitization of licensing transactions and the automation of compley royalty payment streams. We are extremely interested to better understand the business cases for those and other technologies and contribute to the development of such solutions that help to "reinvent" IP management.