Berkeley summer program

Our researcher Marcus Holgersson is currently hosting the 2019 Berkeley summer program at UC Berkeley. The program admits 35 of our high-performing students in Industrial Engineering and Management at Chalmers, and includes studies at UC Berkeley, visits to tech firms in Silicon Valley, and case projects with startups in the area. The program started a couple of weeks ago, and has already included visits to organizations such as Tesla Motors, Volvo Group, Stanford University, Nordic Innovation House, and ETC Labs, an accelerator for blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies. Much more is to follow! A visit to the baseball game between Oakland A’s and Tampa Bay Rays made a relaxing break after an intense first week. The program runs until mid-August.

The students in front of Sproul Hall, UC Berkeley. Program manager Marcus Holgersson on the far right. Martin Luther King Jr. held a famous anti-war speech on these very same stairs on May 17, 1967.
Oakland A’s had no chance against Tampa Bay Rays, despite the unusual support from Swedish students

IP pharma challenges in 2019

In connection to the publication of a new issue of the Stockholm Intellectual Property Law Review, where our researcher Marcus Holgersson serves on the board of directors, a seminar on IP pharma challenges in 2019 was held in Stockholm on June 4, 2019. The seminar covered several important topics, including the use of and uncertainty related to doctrines of equivalents, the opportunities and risks with CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technologies, and branding and trademarking pharmaceuticals. Much more can be read about these topics in the latest issue of Stockholm Intellectual Property Law Review, available here.

The seminar was followed by a dinner, celebrating the recent graduates of the IP Law master program of Stockholm University. We wish the students best of luck with their future careers in the IP Law field.


Thomas Hedner from IMIT giving a thought-provoking talk on the opportunities and risks with CRISPR-Cas9
Kristina Björnerstedt from Skriptor Zigila talking about the structured process of naming your business, product, or pharmaceutical

John Hornby from Lambert Hornby Ltd talking about the doctrine of equivalents from a UK perspective

Bengt Domeij from Uppsala University giving a Swedish perspective, also on the doctrine of equivalents
Students celebrated by parts of the Swedish IP community

Glossary available

The glossary from Ove Granstrand’s book Evolving Properties of Intellectual Capitalism: Patents and Innovations for Growth and Welfare is now available here. This glossary contains many of the key concepts from the book as well as several other publications from the research group. Make sure to check it out if you are interested to learn more about the field of innovation and intellectual property management!

Seminar on IP strategy in ecosystems

On May 29 we were happy to host Mingjin Guo from University of Cambridge for a seminar on IP strategy. More specifically, Mingjin presented her PhD research on the coevolution of IP strategy and innovation ecosystems, a topic that is of much interest for our research group (see for example our Long Range Planning publication on this topic here). We thank Mingjin for a very interesting seminar and wish her best of luck with finishing her PhD, before joining Boston Consulting Group in Beijing later this year.

Mingjin Guo, University of Cambridge

20 years apart!

“It will be highly interesting to see what roles innovation and IP will play in this geo-political game.”

A patent’s lifetime ago Ove Granstrand published The Economics and Management of IP, which turned out to be one of the most cited publications in the area. Since then he has worked on another book in the same area, that recently came out: The Evolving Properties of Intellectual Capitalism: Patents and Innovations for Growth and Welfare. Much has happened since then, and much more will happen in the 20 years to come. 

In this new book Ove tries with a Swedish outlook to put innovation and IP in the current context of a global economy, driven as fast as ever by new technologies and innovations with new IP savvy players from Asia joining in the driver’s seat, notably China, building up large portfolios of IP resources along with financial and physical ones. International competition has again turned into competition between economic systems – market-led capitalism as in the US against state-led capitalism as in China. It will be highly interesting to see what roles innovation and IP will play in this geo-political game. More and most importantly however, is to see how innovations and IP can be used to meet all the technology-related global challenges. Will capitalist institutions like markets, entrepreneurship and property rights as we know them be sufficient? Probably not. Will they even be necessary? Most likely, but evolved. So at the same time as the intellectual properties in the capitalist economy evolve, we have to evolve the properties of intellectual capitalism. 

Marcus Holgersson is “Teacher of the Year 2018”

Marcus Holgersson has received the “Teacher of the Year 2018” award from the students of the Industrial Engineering and Management Program for his teaching at Chalmers University of Technology. Marcus teaches courses in Innovation Economics and in Strategic Management and Economics of Intellectual Property. He received the award for his high quality teaching, for his passion for the subject, and for his ambition to make every student understand. He also received recognition for the valuable guest lectures that he organizes.

The motivation follows in Swedish: “Marcus har ett engagemang för sin kurs som smittar av sig på eleverna. Med sin kvalitativa undervisning samt passion för ämnet vill han att alla ska förstå, vilket kommer till uttryck i hans intressanta och inspirerande föreläsningar. Extra plus för de relevanta och givande gästföreläsningar han erbjuder studenterna att ta del av.”

Marcus Holgersson

Ove Granstrand becomes Visiting Professor at University of Cambridge

O GranstarndOve Granstrand has received a Visiting Professorship funded by the Leverhulme Trust for research and teaching at the Centre for Technology Management at University of Cambridge part of the academic year 2018/19. Professor Granstrand will in that connection deliver a number of lectures and seminars at Cambridge and elsewhere in the UK, tutor PhD students and engage in various research collaborations  for developing an interdisciplinary framework for analysis of managerial, economic, and IP legal aspects of  new technologies and innovations.

https://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/research/ctm/

New research project

Ove GranstrandR&D drives creation of IPRs, IAs, and innovations, in turn driving economic growth and value creation, in turn driving R&D etc.  The problem is how to create and sustain such virtuous “innovation spirals” at micro and macro levels and almost all OECD countries have adopted innovation policies to this end in the 2000s. New technologies, digital ones especially, moreover constantly change the conditions and endogenous dynamics in the innovation spirals. Their generic and recombinant nature give rise to a bewildering array of new multi-technology products, services, applications and business models, based on multiple technologies and IPRs with multiple IPR holders with various business strategies, creating managerial, market and policy challenges. The knowledge about the nature of the relations in these innovation spirals, influencing and influenced by digitalization, is limited. A new research project led by Ove Granstrand in the Innovation and Intellectual Property Research Group aims at increasing that knowledge. Read more about the project here:

Intellectual assets, innovation, growth and value creation and the role of new digital technologies and digital property

 

Digitalization and IP strategy

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A new research project led by Marcus Holgersson and executed by Jacob Moos and Pontus Lundbladh in the Innovation and Intellectual Property research group explores how digitalization is affected by and affecting firms’ IP strategies. As digital technologies are increasingly embedded in products, processes and business models, large, industrial firms are faced with new IP strategy challenges. These include but are not restricted to how to manage new types of IP, such as data and software, and the related IP rights, how to design new IP-based business models when technologies and industries converge, and how to manage new sources of tension between collaborators and competitors.

The research is based on interviews with managers in some of the leading and most innovative industrial firms in the Nordics. It is a part of the larger project Intellectual property management in digitalizing businesses at Chalmers University of Technology which is supported by Vinnova, PRV, and the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation.

– Digitalization is related to opportunities as well as challenges for any firm and for many functions within the firm. To reach its full potential, the IP strategy and IP function needs to enable and support the digitalization process.

If you are interested in the topic and want to contribute with your viewpoints and experience, please reach out to the group:

E-mail: moos@student.chalmers.se

Telephone: +46700711519

How pharmaceutical firms balance availability and profitability of their products

IMG_0094-2A new bachelor thesis project supervised by Marcus Holgersson in the innovation and intellectual property research group explores how firms in the pharmaceutical industry strategically balance the availability of their products to those who need it, especially in developing countries, with the profitability in order to cover R&D investments. The group is driven by a curiosity in how technological, societal, and financial goals, opportunities, and challenges can be matched. The project will be based on interview data as well as secondary data, with the aim of exploring what kind of strategies there currently are, what the challenges with them are, and how firms, organizations, and the society at large can change in order to better combine availability with profitability.

The group consists of Carl Ahlstrand, Jonathan Boman, Arvid Hanson, Christoffer Lindgren, Sara Locher, and Annie Milde from the Industrial Engineering and Management program at Chalmers University of Technology:

– We really look forward to discussing this fascinating and difficult question with representatives of pharmaceutical companies, as well as researchers or representatives from organizations active in the field.

If you are interested in the topic and want to contribute with your viewpoints and experience, please reach out to the group: jboman@student.chalmers.se