Special Interest Group on Intellectual Asset Management


Nowadays it is common knowledge for everybody that innovative companies need a strong patent portfolio to protect their investments in the development of new technologies and future products which in turn form the base for increased competitiveness and sustainable growth of their business.

From Idea to Invention: The early phase of efficient IP value creation for your company

11 & 12 June 2015, Helsinki, Finland

Many companies incorporate in their global business strategy targets for the number of patent applications filed or patents granted per year. Also the necessity to align the patent filing strategy with, and to adapt the structure and content of the patent portfolio to the overall business, product and technology strategy is nowadays well understood by the management of these companies. 
But despite of this remarkable change in the mindset of management, there is in practice still one fundamental problem waiting for a suitable solution, namely how to stimulate, create and capture the ideas forming the base for all these valuable patent applications and patents that are aligned with the business strategy of the company.
A simple, but often forgotten truth is that without encouragement and time to think there will be no ideas, without ideas there will be no inventions, without inventions there will be no patent applications, and without patent applications there will be no granted patents.
This meeting will provide hands-on practises from different companies of various industrial sectors focussing on the early phase of the IP value creation process, addressing different ways on how to get those ideas on the table that the company needs for building up its wanted patent portfolio.
PDF  Full Programme available here - Registration before 1st June 2015
In support to the presentations click here to see the ICC Intellectual Property Roadmap, 12th Edition 2014 PDF
For this event, you need to make your own room reservation.

 Issues Addressed
  • How to identify and select ideas of value for the company? How to create substance in invention disclosures that is sufficient for a good patent application?
    How to assess patentability and potential scope of protection of a disclosed invention?
    How to avoid to kill an idea before it is completed and matured and its value for the company professionally assessed?
    How to create, in general terms speaking, better IP awareness in the business units of a company?
    Inventions in targeted areas, external proposals, hidden inventions that are not reported to the IP organisation of the company
    Improvement proposals reported to line management and bypassing the IP organisation.

Target Audience

R&D, innovation & intellectual asset managers and experts, IP managers, patent attorneys as well as business strategy, business development experts.


Dr. Werner Fröhling, Managing Director, Flooring Technologies Ltd. and Chief IP Counsel for the Swiss Krono Group

To Register

PDF  Full Programme and Registration form available here - Registration before 1st June 2015

For this event, you need to make your own room reservation.

We strongly advise you to book asap your plane tickets and if you can stay over the week-end the price of the flights will be much more affordable.
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On-line Registration Form
If you wish to participate to this event, please complete the registration form as soon as possible but certainly before 1 June 2015.

In the case the paying entity has no VAT number, please indicate its Official Registration Number

Only e-mails related to this specific event will be sent to the adresses indicated.

A block booking with special rates have been secured in the Scandic Marina Congress Center.
The rate for a single room is 140€, breakfast and service included.
To book your room please complete the attached room registration form and sent it directly to the hotel by 27th May 2015.

Event's fee: 650,00 (VAT excluded) for members excluded Belgium - 786,50  (VAT included) for Belgian members

The meeting registration fee covers the cost of meeting facilities, refreshments, visit, lunch and dinner.

For payment by card, if not yet done, please communicate your card number, security code and expiry date to EIRMA in advance of the meeting.

We prefer payment by bank transfer but can also accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). All delegates will receive confirmation letters, including an invoice or receipt as appropriate.

Account N° 363-1073576-20
ING – Rond Point Robert Schuman 8 – 1040 Brussels - Belgium
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For any further information, please contact Ms. Carine Ternest at EIRMA.
Tel.: +32 (0)2 233 11 81 - Fax.: +32 (0)2 231 08 35 - cternesteirma.org

Please give as much notice as possible if you are obliged to cancel.

We will refund 100% of the registration fee for cancellations received 2 weeks before the meeting, 50% of the registration fee for cancellations received 1 week before the meeting, 25% of the registration fee for cancellations received 3 days before the meeting.
Names may be substituted at any time without charge

Specific diet, food allergies....


  • Ms Ingrid Baele (Philips)
  • Dr Vera Bieller (BASF)
  • Mr Jean-Luc Cerdan (Electricite de France)
  • Mr Luke Collins (Independent)
  • Dr Geert Defieuw (Umicore)
  • Ms Dominique Dessalle (Independent)
  • Dr Edgar Duschl (Schaeffler Technologies)
  • Dr Werner Fröhling (Flooring Technologies Ltd)
  • Dr E. Serdar Gokpinar (TUSAS-Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc.)
  • Mr Jukka Haapaniemi (Ahlstrom-Munksjö)
  • Ms Laure Hervé (Electricite de France)
  • Ms Aurélie Jablonski (EIRMA)
  • Ms Anne Koski-Keto (Outotec)
  • Dr Jim McCabe (ABB)
  • Mr Felix Moser (Sulzer)
  • Mr Frazer Newbould (Unilever)
  • Mr Marek Novotny (ComAp a.s.)
  • Ms Maeve Oflynn (Shell)
  • Ms Camille Roy (EIRMA)
  • Ms Taina Saksa (VTT)
  • Dr Christian Schamper (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft)
  • Mr Loek Steffanie (DSM)
  • Mr Hervé Suquet (Océ)
  • Ms Virpi Tognetty (Kemira)


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