Innovation and IP Management group @ CTM Cambridge – An update on recent activities

CTM’s Innovation and IP Management (IIPM) research group has recently grown to a team of seven. We welcomed Leonidas Aristodemou in October, formerly with Procter & Gamble and MET alumni, who works now on patent informatics for better strategic decision making on an EPSRC grant. We now run projects on IP strategy (Mingjin Guo), IP roadmapping (Tianyi Wang) and IP management in collaboration projects (Dr Ghita Dragsdahl Lauritzen). A number of visitors joined and supported the group over the last year with projects on appropriation strategies (Jan-Niklas Foege), IP in university-industry collaborations (Oliver Gretsch), IP challenges in additive manufacturing (Bernhard Hilgert), the impact of sharing behaviour and ownership on collaborative user innovation (Tom Oberquelle, Thorsten Pieper) and the use of design rights as innovation indicator (Pia Wolf). Our international research partners include colleagues from TU Munich, RWTH Aachen, Chalmers University of Technology, Hamburg University of Technology, Kiel University, University of Münster and TU Darmstadt. We recently concluded two successful industry projects with Oxford Instruments on IP valuation tools and Swisscom on open source IP.
During the summer, Mingjin conducted interviews with firms in Silicon Valley (USA), supported by the School of Technology fieldwork grant. Two UROP students (Lawrance Chiang, Ivan Poryazov) worked with us on the multi-partner collaboration project and the development of an IP management teaching game, a STIM consortium project. The IP game is currently in a prototyping stage with the aim to deploy it in our teaching and executive education from next year. Please get in touch if you would like to test run the game in your company. It works with a minimum of eight players, up to 24.
Our IP interest group (IPIG) now counts 19 members from 13 companies, amongst them large manufacturing firms including Caterpillar, Airbus, Siemens and GSK, but also highly innovative small firms, such as IDEX.
For more information on the IIPM group or to join IPIG please contact Dr Frank Tietze at frank.tietze@eng.cam.ac.uk.

Read more in our recent CTM newsletter.