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Innovation, Startups and Intellectual Property Management: a book review and some ideas for the post-COVID era

Why should entrepreneurs care about IP management? This was our starting point to analyze the role of intellectual property management in new business ventures. With particular reference to the innovative potential of small firms in Latin America, we ...

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IP management within the digital transformation: Case Study Project at the Center for International IP Studies (CEIPI / Strasbourg University)

The latest data from the European Patent Office (EPO) on patent activities within the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) shows the dramatic development with a global growth in IPFs of 1,400% since the year 2000 and a growth of 54% in the last three ye ...

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Bank of America changed its innovation and IP culture with a decentralized approach

Digitalization is driving in many successful companies an organizational change how innovation and IP work is done. This often means that a centralized innovation lab is installed. This innovation lab is a central unit with the purpose to drive especi ...

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Customer centricity as key for the digital breakthrough

The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) in Germany examined together with McKinsey & Company the area of digital platforms and applications. Despite a number of success stories, diverse efforts and investments, the industry of mecha ...

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Corona shows the incredible resilience of the knowledge economy: IP managers in their home offices are the epitome of Porter’s knowledge workers

The knowledge economy rests on four fundamental pillars at the base: Information, communication technologies (ICT), research and innovation, and training and institutions. Information and Communication Technology as a central element in the fight agai ...

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The paradox of digitalization: technological revolution without digital inventors in Germany

The most important result of a study by the German Institute for Invention on the role of IP in Industry 4.0 are the challenges that medium-sized companies have when dealing with digital patents. The inventive results of software and digital experts o ...

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IBM sues AirBnB: Infringement of digital patents on platform advertisements

Digital patents are increasingly relevant for infringement cases on digital use cases like “presenting advertising in an interactive service” and “improved navigation using bookmarks”. These technologies were patented by IBM many years ago and now, af ...

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Patent strategies in digital farming: Current study on a showcase for Industry 4.0

The approach for Agriculture 4.0 is identical to that of Industry 4.0; in both cases the aim is to intelligently connecting production processes and control them based on real society, customer, and market interests. Under the title “The role of IP in ...

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5G and the Sputnik crisis: The claims for the communication in the Internet of Things have already been staked

The level of dependency on China and Europe regarding 5G has now really been realized by the top of the American government. It is like the Sputnik crisis in 1957. The Russians, who were considered backward, were the first to launch a satellite into s ...

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Patent rally for digital payment systems: Bosch and Siemens are part of the patent war about machines which buy and pay

In the last year 77% of all patent applications for the IOTA protocol were published. IOTA is a reference software to enable secure communication and payment between two machines in the Internet of Things – IoT. If machines and communicating devices c ...

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