To drive sustainability transitions on a global scale for a carbon neutral future, green innovations are needed. In this study, we are keen to understand the role of intellectual property (IP) and particularly, its usage by firms innovating for a sustainable future. Unfortunately, little is known about how IP impacts sustainability transitions. To contribute to a better understanding, we chose to investigate IP usage by award – winning green innovators. We study the winners of the European Inventor Award, a highly prestigious international prize, awarded annually by the European Patent Office since 2006. Among all 210 awardees, we identified 52 winners that we classified as green innovators. Our analysis shows that closed and semi-open IP, particularly non-exclusive licensing, are the preferred IP strategies for green innovations. The IP strategy preferences seem to vary across technology domains. These findings are discussed along with their implications.
We are saying good bye for now to Ove Granstrand from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden). Ove has been with us at CTM and IIPM particularly now for a second period of residency during this academic year as part of his Leverhulme Trust sponsored visiting professorship to the IfM and Engineering Department. It has been a great pleasure and honour to have him around and the group has benefitted immensely from his expertise. Ove has been an absolute resource to us. We look forward to seeing him back in the future.
Very pleased with the outcome and learnings from our recent IP roadmapping workshop at the Bradfield centre. We had fantastic participants highly engaged in our process for developing an IP strategy. Thanks for having us. We enjoyed the great session and learnt a lot.
We had four excellent talks last week at the 7th Strategic IP Forum in Cambridge. Many thanks to all participants and particularly our speakers. Thanks to Alison McGhee from F-Star @Fstar_Biotechfor sharing insight into their learning journal for developing a modular IP business model for their platform technology and applications. Massive thanks als to Quentin Harmer from Endomag @endomagfor his inspriring talk about IP business models in the pharma and medtech industries with excellent case studies. We then had the chance to learn from Joan Beckner from Schlumberger about IP challenges in a completely different industry, i.e. oil exploration and production. Thank you for the very insightful talk getting us thinking about territorial IP challenges. Last, but certainly not least, thanks to Kevin Fournier from IBM @IBMtelling us about his work on Blockchain patenting. We very much enjoyed learning more about the technology as szcg and bits-and-pieces that are potentially patentable, i.e. the patent races going on. We look forward to welcoming participants again to the 8th Strategic IP Forum in 2019.
We are looking forward to welcoming speakers from Edomag, F-Start, Schlumberger and IBM to the 7th Strategic IP Forum with the theme „IP for successful business models“. More details about the programme available here:
A very warm welcome to Ove Granstrand from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden as the new Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor to the IfM, Cambridge University Engineering Department and CTM, particularly our IIPM research group.
We very much are looking ahead to an inspiring year with Ove, uncountable and invaluable conversations across engineering and management domains, most likely with a some kind of focus on IP
We are very much looking forward to learn how we can better intregrate management, economics, law and technology (MELT) into our IP research and teaching. We are delighted to have you onboard.
We are excited that our proposal was selected to receive funding from the Belmont Forum, a pan-international social science research body. The project focuses on studying how IP models can help to accelerate sustainability transitions, particularly analysing sustainable business models for clean energy and the circular economy.
Starting in October, the IPACST project will run for three years. Project partners include:
Total projects funds are about 1m€. UK funds for the project come from the Global Challenges Research Funds, respectively the ESRC. The project is among 12 selected consortia projects out of 155 eligible proposals.
We will soon be looking to recruit a postdoc, preferably with research expertise in IP and licensing, but also sustainable innovation and the circular economy.
We are extremely pleased for having been selected to received funding from the @LeverhulmeTrustfor a visiting professorship. Ove Granstrand, one of Europe’s leading interdisciplinary expert in IP research will be visiting the IIPM research group at CTM and the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering in the coming academic year.
23 May – Public vs Private Perspectives on Open IP
Public Versus Private Perspectives on Open IP 12:00-14:00, Wednesday 23 May Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building
The goals of the public, private and third sector in leveraging intellectual property often differ substantially, with significant implications for access to technology. The CRASSH Faculty Research Group on Open IP models for emerging technologies seeks to explore where approaches to making knowledge more freely available has implications for society. In this session, we will discuss Open IP from industry and University tech transfer perspectives, exploring the stated goals and real life practices of these important actors in the innovation ecosystem.
Dr Iain Thomas (Head of Life Sciences, Cambridge Enterprise)
Dr Thomas operates within the Technology Transfer team; the work of which includes invention disclosure management, patent strategy, proof of concept funding, research reagents transfer, intellectual property licensing and bespoke marketing. Iain works predominantly with technologies in the fields of biology and chemistry with products such as alemtuzumab (Sanofi), breast cancer markers (Brevagen) and mouse touch screen chambers (Campden Instruments).
Prof Jorge Contreras (University of Utah)
Prof Contreras teaches in the areas of intellectual property, law and science, and property law and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Utah Genome Project. He has previously served on the law faculties of American University Washington College of Law and Washington University in St. Louis, and was a partner at the international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he practiced transactional and intellectual property law in Boston, London and Washington DC. His current research focuses, among other things, on the development of technical standards and the use and dissemination of data generated by large-scale scientific research projects.
Sonia Cooper (Microsoft):
Sonia Cooper is the Senior Patent Attorney within the IP Policy and Strategy Group at Microsoft. She is currently working with Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services.