Архив метки: Intellectual property

Skoltech exports IP knowledge and experience to Thailand

It is already a known fact that Skoltech is a unique university in Russia, as it puts Innovation as the core of its research and educational programs. In our Laboratory for Innovation and Intellectual Property Management, researchers led by Prof. Kelvin Willoughby focus on the role of Intellectual Property (IP) in the development of start-ups. In the past month, Willoughby and Ph.D. student Punyapat Saksupapchon, have done some research in Thailand, and as a result, were invited to hold a seminar for Thai entrepreneurs.

Punyapat Saksupapchon graduated last year as a space track student, and wanted to stay in Skoltech for her Ph.D. She ended up at Prof. Willoughby’s team at the Laboratory for Innovation and Intellectual Property Management. As part of her research, Saksupapchon went to her homeland, Thailand, to investigate the role of intellectual property in the international commercialization strategies of firms in the lithium ion battery industry and complementary industries such as electric vehicles, mobile electronics and electrical grid storage.

Prof. Willoughby joined her for a meeting with officials of Thailand’s National Innovation Agency (NIA), in which they requested NIA’s assistance in introducing them to companies in Thailand relevant to Punyapat’s research. During the meeting, the NIA officials wanted to learn more about the overall program of research carried out by Willoughby’s team at the Laboratory for Innovation and Intellectual Property Management. They were especially intrigued by the research and teaching on the role of intellectual property in the strategy of technology-related start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). As a consequence of the meeting, Prof. Willoughby was invited to deliver a half-day training seminar for Thai entrepreneurs, under the NIA’s sponsorship.

nia-thailand_24-1-2017_brochureThe NIA advertised and promoted for managers and entrepreneurs in small and medium-sized enterprises in Thailand. It was for business people, not academics. On January 24th, about 30 participants, from a variety of industries, including automotive engine technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, transportation, telecommunications, aerospace, manufacturing and food processing, attended the seminar.

The seminar focused on four practical case studies in technology entrepreneurship, taken from Prof. Willoughby’s own research and personal experience, in the following fields: medical devices, digital media distribution, weapons and specialized manufacturing tools. In each case he described the role of intellectual property management in the strategies of the ventures, and mapped out general principles of intellectual property relevant to entrepreneurs. The case studies were each followed by group discussions in which the industry participants compared the issues and ideas presented to them with practical cases in which they were involved in Thailand.

We asked Prof. Willoughby to share his impression from the event: “I was delighted by the enthusiasm and engagement of the participants. The thing that most impressed me about the seminar was that almost of the participants — who were mostly practical business people — had encountered serious IP management challenges in their business, and seemed to have a thirst for insights guidance and conversation about how to deal with IP problems. They also seemed to enjoy very much have a variety of international examples to compare with Thai experience.

At the end of the seminar almost all of the participants expressed how refreshing and helpful the found my approach to be, in contrast with what they described as the normal approach in Thailand where a lawyer would give a dry or turgid talk about principles of IP law. The participants seemed to really appreciate the fact that I shared real practical stories (rather than dry law and theory) with them, and that I brought theory to life with real cases and discussion with the participants”.

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The success of the seminar was not overlooked by the organizers, who asked Prof. Willoughby if he would be willing to come back to Bangkok to deliver a similar seminar again for oaths audiences of entrepreneurs in Thailand.

Dutch-Russian Round Table – Academic entrepreneurship, commercialization of knowledge

IMG_4428Skoltech hosted today a delegation from the Netherlands for a round-table event, organized by the Skolkovo foundation. The purpose of the event was to start building up a bilateral Russian-Dutch network of universities, innovation hubs, industrial partners and governmental bodies who want and need to co-operate to promote innovative entrepreneurship and bridge the gap between academy and industry. Читать далее

Azad University Delegation’s visit to Skoltech

Representatives of the world’s largest Islamic Azad University of Iran visited Skoltech to learn about the university and its capabilities, and to discuss cooperation. The Iranian delegation was led by President of the Islamic Azad University professor Hamid Mirzadeh.

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Alexey Sitnikov, Skoltech’s Vice President for Institutional and Resource Development, and professor Hamid Mirzadeh, President of the Islamic Azad University.

Alexey Sitnikov, Skoltech’s Vice President for Institutional and Resource Development, introduced Skoltech’s areas of expertise to the Iranian delegation and told the guests about the partnership programs with Russian and foreign universities. After the meeting, the guests from the Islamic Republic of Iran were taken on a demonstrative tour in several labs.

The particular interest of Mr. Mirzade was driven by Skoltech’s experience in the field of technology transfer and cooperation with industrial partners. The second most important direction, which could become the basis for cooperation between Skoltech and the University of Azad, was improving the quality of teaching in the Iranian university by directing its undergraduates to study at Skoltech, as well as the participation of Skoltech professors in the curriculum of the Iranian university.

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Prof. Dzmitry Tsetserukou shows the Iranian guests the capabilities of his robotics lab.

Founded in 1982 in Tehran, the Islamic Azad University is the largest private institution of higher education in Iran and the Middle East. It has about 1.7 million. students around the world. The faculty of the University consists of more than 44,000 employees. The University has 28 research centers. The University has 400 offices in Iran and abroad. Today, its branches exist in countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, UK, Tanzania, Lebanon and Armenia.

Azad University has a number of partners in joint educational and research projects include such universities as the University of Gothenburg and Ottawa, University of Rome La Sapienza, the Moscow Mendeleev Institute of Chemical Technology,  University Consortium for Political Studies in Lyon and Grenoble, the Marc Bloch University (Strasbourg), Charles University in Prague, Technical University of Dresden and many others. It is an indispensable participant in scientific Olympiads, including international robotics competition (RoboCup).

 

Seminar: Protecting Market Options Through Integrated IP Strategy: The Role of Strategic Disclosure

 We are glad to invite you to a seminar by Dr. Jana Thiel, Maastricht University, Netherlands, titled “Protecting Market Options Through Integrated IP Strategy: The Role of Strategic Disclosure”.

When: July 7, 2015, 13.30 – 15.00

Where: Room TBD, TROC-3

 

SEMINAR ABSTRACT:

In this seminar I will look at technology-market-linking as a core activity in technology ventures.

I will highlight key avenues of research and will then zoom into the specific challenges that emerge for technology entrepreneurs when managing intellectual property to protect multiple market linkages and commercialization routes. I will present recent research with colleagues on the role of strategic (or voluntary) disclosure when designing efficient IP strategies in entrepreneurial ventures.

We suggest that, in particular for smaller actors and globally operating firms, strategic disclosure offers solutions to specific needs in the commercialization strategy, which are unaddressed by the current patenting system.

This seminar will provide a brief review along with case-based evidence on how firms integrate patent and non-patent-based disclosure and will then discuss more recent findings from a unique data set of 484 surveyed companies in which we find that with greater market diversity a firm’s tendency to strategically disclose increases.

The seminar will conclude with a discussion of the implications for further research and practice.

 

Jana Thiel, Maastricht University, is our guest speaker at the Skoltech seminar.

Jana Thiel, Maastricht University, is our guest speaker at the Skoltech seminar.

Dr. Jana Thiel
Maastricht University, Netherlands

Jana Thiel is currently an assistant professor at the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship at Maastricht University.

She obtained her PhD in Entrepreneurship from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and prior to her appointment at Maastricht University she spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at ESADE Business School in Barcelona. Jana’s research is situated at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology management, and strategy. Her specific interests focus on providing new insight into what constitutes core entrepreneurial actions and how strategic behaviors impact entrepreneurial outcomes.

While being interested in all forms of entrepreneurial activity, Jana gets most excited about studying and mentoring entrepreneurs in implementing new-to-the-world science-based venture ideas.

The Licensing Game

The purpose of the intellectual property licensing exercise, held for the first time at Skoltech, was to give students a sense of the challenging and often stressful nature of patenting, market analysis, financial negotiations and deal closing in the real world.

The purpose of the intellectual property licensing exercise, held for the first time at Skoltech, was to give students a sense of the challenging and often stressful nature of patenting, market analysis, financial negotiations and deal closing in the real world.

In a fluorescent lit meeting room, isolated from the world by frosted glass walls, a Sunday afternoon drama is unfolding. Leaning over a small oblong desk, a young woman faces off with a young man. She is the coolheaded CEO of a multinational corporation which produces blood filtration materials for the biotech and health-care industries. He is the eager head of a startup company. They are thrashing out the final, crucial details of a major licensing deal.

Around the stuffy room, technology transfer experts, commercialization professionals and patent writers specializing in medical devices debate the latest offer on the table. An assistant struggles to locate a smartphone buried under a jumble of post-it notes and pizza trays. Yet one element is overlooked in the rush to meet a looming deadline for signing a game changing deal: this is a game.

Students in the new Skoltech course — called “Intellectual Property and Technological Innovation” — spent a whole weekend, day and night, negotiating a technology license agreement.  Forty two students, in nine teams and more than ten countries, spent two intensive days playing an “intellectual property licensing game” in which they had to: learn and hone negotiation skills; connect financial analysis, market analysis, industry analysis, intellectual property analysis and technology assessment; learn to master the art of working as a team; and reach a win-win licensing deal by the end of the weekend.  Each team spent many days in preparing prior to playing the game.

The intellectual property licensing game: "as tense as in real life".

The intellectual property licensing game: “as tense as in real life”.

As the negotiations are reaching boiling point, Professor Kelvin Willoughby, Associate Dean at Skoltech, who taught the course and oversaw the final exercise proceedings steps outside the room. Willoughby says he was impressed by how “most of the participants forgot that they were playing a game. They took on the persona of the corporate position they assumed, and strategized and negotiated as if their survival depended on it. It is a simulation, yet it is hard work and it is real.”

A sigh of relief is heard from inside the meeting room and the door is flung open. Participants are applauding one another and cheering. The fierce CEO and fearless entrepreneur shake hands. Everyone morphs back from character to student form. It is time to go to class for conclusions and takeaways.

(Text: Ilan Goren. Photos: kelvin Willoughby and Zeljko Tekic)

 

 

 

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Workshop: The Ins and Outs of Tech Commercialization

What does the future hold for technology transfer and commercialization? Image courtesy of Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education

What does the future hold for technology transfer and commercialization? Image courtesy of Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education

Why is technology commercialization so important for academic and research institutions? What role do local legislation and international context play in technology transfer? Which polices on Intellectual Property Ownership and Management are more effective in stimulating successful technology commercialization?

These and many other questions will be raised at Skoltech during a two-day Technology Transfer Workshop on November 19-20. The workshop will bring together Russian and international technology transfer practitioners, patent attorneys, inventors, industry and university representatives, and members of the Skoltech community.

The expected outcomes of this meeting include strategies to enhance commercialization activity at Skoltech as well as ideas for further possible collaborations between the workshop participants.

This event is by invitation only. For more information please contact Skoltech Knowledge Transfer Office at  .

 

 

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

Using Patents in and for Research: An Expert’s View

Dr. Zeljko Tekic, guest speaker at the Skoltech seminar about patenting

Dr. Zeljko Tekic, guest speaker at the skoltech seminar about patenting

Ever thought how crucial it might be for researchers and entrepreneurs to base their assumptions about patents on complex data?

 

Whether you replied with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’, join us as we host Dr. Zeljko Tekic for a seminar on «COMPLEX PHENOMENA IN INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT THROUGH THE LENS OF PATENT DATA».

When: August 7, 2014, 13.30 – 15.00

Where: Beijing-1 Auditorium, China cluster, Skolkovo School of Management

SEMINAR ABSTRACT:

Quantum Patents are legal instruments and powerful business tools. At the same time patents are a unique and valuable source of technical, legal, business and public policy relevant information. The availability of all this information inside patents offers a full spectrum of possibilities for using them in research and practice in key areas of competitive intelligence, innovation and technology management.

The starting point of Dr. Tekic in using patents in research is the study on patent value under the strategy of threatening with litigation. The contribution in this field relates to understanding which patent characteristics make the threat of litigation more acute. It is based on unique empirical evidence about the monetization of 623 US patents. By regressing this exclusive and rare data on different sets of patent value indicators, he was able to outline a profile of patents most likely to accumulate high value under the new strategy.

To support this research,  researchers a software tool for competitive intelligence based on patent data, called PSALM. The established tool assembles patent data from publicly available databases, collects and analyses bibliographic parameters of patents but also does text mining. It enables visualizations of high as well as low-dimensional data. F

inally, as a part of his PhD research, Dr. Tekic has used patents and other primary sources of information to track patterns in the development of knowledge and related innovations in landline, mobile and smart phone industries over a long period of time. Based on recognized patterns he has developed a conceptual model – the House of Knowledge, which links concepts of knowledge creation and innovation into a meaningful system and advances our understanding about the knowledge – innovation interface.

In the seminar Dr. Tekic will briefly introduces the above mentioned research and results, offering a starting point for discussion about future plans in research, teaching and practice.

SPEAKER INTRODUCTION: Zeljko Tekic is an assistant professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at University of Novi Sad. He teaches subjects related to entrepreneurship, creative problem solving, innovation and technology management at bachelor and master level. Zeljko earned his PhD in engineering management at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad. He also holds an M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Nottingham and an M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Novi Sad. Recently he was a postdoctoral scholar at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering in Stuttgart and at Freie Universität Berlin.

His current research interests include the knowledge-innovation interface, patent valuation and patent data analysis, business intelligence, and youth entrepreneurship. He has published over 30 papers in refereed journals and international conferences. Zeljko is a head of the Faculty’s Center for Youth Entrepreneurship and a member of the University’s Intellectual Property Center. He successfully coordinated FP7 and TEMPUS projects.

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

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