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.
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.
The IP management module covers topics such as protection, enforcement and risk management, markets for technology and licensing, open innovation and appropriation strategies, but as well as insights into how firms organize for effective IP management and IP analytics for technology intelligence.
Come along to today’s IfM briefing day if you like to learn more about the research in our Innovation and IP research group (IIPM). This will be covered as part of the CTM talk on „Effective technology and innovation management“ from 12:00 – 12:30. Further details here.
Pleased to announce a fully funded EPSRC scholarship to support one PhD student with research focusing on „OpenIP strategies for emerging technologies“ starting in October 2017.
Applicants from the UK are eligible for a full award covering university and college fees and a maintenance allowance. Applicants from the EU are only eligible for a fees-only award unless they can be deemed a home student, i.e. have been permanent residency in the UK for the 3 years preceding October 2017. Unfortunately, overseas applicants are not eligible for this particular scholarship.
The application deadline is 31 January 2017. Further details available here.
Full details on the programme for our third Strategic IP Forum are now online and available here. With four excellent speakers, the 1/2-day event will take place in the afternoon on 24 May at the IfM, Cambridge. Attendence if free of charge, but a pre-event registration is required (booking).