For the ninth year in a row, Fraunhofer IAO will recognize three companies that have implemented successful strategies and organizational structures for managing patents. This year, the institute will also unveil a new tool that uses patent data to rate how far companies have progressed along the digitalization path. Both the award ceremony and the presentation will take place at the Patente 2016 conference in Munich on March 1.
Which German companies are the best at safeguarding and applying their expertise? Fraunhofer IAO has the answers. Now in its ninth year, the IP Management Award recognizes the three companies that have implemented the most pioneering and successful patent management practices. They will receive their awards at the “Patente 2016” conference in Munich on March 1, 2016.
Digitalization puts IP rights front and center
“As digitalization advances, commercial property rights will play a much larger role in companies than ever before,” predicts Truong Le, an expert in IP rights at Fraunhofer IAO. For a simple product like a coffee cup, registering the design used to be enough.
But now in the digital age, coffee cups will come with sensors or a data connection, which will need to be covered by multiple patents. This increase in digital inventions will apply not only to the products themselves, but also to manufacturing processes and services such as electronic payment systems.
But how do you measure how far a company has gone in terms of digitalization? “At Fraunhofer IAO, we’ve developed a way of using patent data to measure the extent to which a company has realized its digitalization potential,” explains Le.
This “patent digitalization index” is a source of valuable information for a company’s decision-makers. “By evaluating large amounts of data, decision-makers can do much more than assess internal processes. They can also learn more about external competitive forces, such as direct competitors, and use these insights to make better strategic decisions,” says Le.
This is an example of just how much information about technology trends and competition can be extracted from patent documents.
“Patent digitalization index” provides input for technology and corporate strategies
In view of the explosion of digital data, the researchers are using a semi-automated method. They combine patent data with other business data – for instance, sales growth or R&D personnel resources – and this provides a basis for ranking a company’s technological position within a particular technology field. So with relatively little effort, the researchers can determine which companies are currently implementing digitalization in full and are greatly expanding their R&D resources.
For Patente 2017, winners will be chosen for the first time using the index
Researches can use the index to assess the progress of individual companies and also to compile a digitalization ranking list. Next year’s recipients of the IP Management Award are to be chosen based on results taken from the patent digitalization index.
Juliane Segedi | Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO
Tracking down pest control strategies
31.01.2018 | Technische Universität Dresden
Polymers and Fuels from Renewable Resources
29.01.2018 | DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V.
A newly developed laser technology has enabled physicists in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (jointly run by LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics) to generate attosecond bursts of high-energy photons of unprecedented intensity. This has made it possible to observe the interaction of multiple photons in a single such pulse with electrons in the inner orbital shell of an atom.
In order to observe the ultrafast electron motion in the inner shells of atoms with short light pulses, the pulses must not only be ultrashort, but very...
A group of researchers led by Andrea Cavalleri at the Max Planck Institute for Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) in Hamburg has demonstrated a new method enabling precise measurements of the interatomic forces that hold crystalline solids together. The paper Probing the Interatomic Potential of Solids by Strong-Field Nonlinear Phononics, published online in Nature, explains how a terahertz-frequency laser pulse can drive very large deformations of the crystal.
By measuring the highly unusual atomic trajectories under extreme electromagnetic transients, the MPSD group could reconstruct how rigid the atomic bonds are...
Quantum computers may one day solve algorithmic problems which even the biggest supercomputers today can’t manage. But how do you test a quantum computer to...
For the first time, a team of researchers at the Max-Planck Institute (MPI) for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, has succeeded in making an integrated circuit (IC) from just a monolayer of a semiconducting polymer via a bottom-up, self-assembly approach.
In the self-assembly process, the semiconducting polymer arranges itself into an ordered monolayer in a transistor. The transistors are binary switches used...
Breakthrough provides a new concept of the design of molecular motors, sensors and electricity generators at nanoscale
Researchers from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS (IOCB Prague), Institute of Physics of the CAS (IP CAS) and Palacký University...
15.02.2018 | Event News
13.02.2018 | Event News
12.02.2018 | Event News
23.02.2018 | Physics and Astronomy
23.02.2018 | Health and Medicine
23.02.2018 | Physics and Astronomy