Special Interest Group on Intellectual Asset Management

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New business: What’s the role of IP to make it fly?

16 & 17 June 2016, hosted by IMEC, Leuven, Belgium


IP business in innovation becomes much more complex, due to contradicting trends, in particular a shift to later life cycle activities of governmental funds versus engaging of capital investors and capital backed IP business models in early life cycle activities.

As an RTO, IMEC -the Interuniversity Micro Electronics Center, an EIRMA member based in Leuven- does not escape from this phenomenon and will illustrate this with a few examples. Further, IMEC sees this challenge also as an opportunity to re-balance its R&D life cycle model (and will point to some recent developments in this respect), but caution also for the uncontrollability aspect if not a proper terminology (be it in terms of mixed business models) is used.

In view of this - which applies also for the university ecosystem - the need for a supporting environment, like incubators and methodologies, is apparent and made an integral part of this  programme, in order to get grip on the overall business aspects (instead of a dogmatic IP approach) and to provide the IP business leadership and operational training for the involved persons.

During the meeting, the participants will enjoy a dedicated visit to the IMEC's clean room and the Bio-Incubator.

Participants will also have the opportunity to actively share their challenges, experiences and solutions during the carousel session on two topics:
• Cost control when using external IP services
• How to make R&D people aware of the importance of IP for their own work 

PDF  Full Programme available here - Registration before 13 June 2016

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

 Issues Addressed
  • How Venture Capitalists select promising business to invest in?
    How can IP make the difference in their decision?
    To which extent can IP help to make it a sustainable business?
    Which choices to make with a restricted IP budget such as filing strategies and types of IP?
    How infrastructure providers can support in practice?

Target Audience

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


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 13 June 2016

For this event, you need to make your own room reservation. Group rates are secured until 19 May 2016

PDF Room reservation form


  • Ms Ingrid Baele (Philips)
  • Mr Giulio Bollino (National Council of Research (CNR))
  • Mr Luke Collins (Independent)
  • Mr Rudi Cuyvers (KULeuven Research & Development)
  • Mr Michael De Blauwe (KULeuven Research & Development)
  • Mr Paolo De Stefanis (Day One)
  • Ms Natasja Duhayon (IMEC iNTERNATIONAL)
  • Mr Walter Eevers (VITO)
  • Dr Olivier Françoisse (Lhoist)
  • Dr Werner Fröhling (Flooring Technologies Ltd)
  • Ms Sigrid Gilis (IMEC iNTERNATIONAL)
  • Mr Thierry Lucidarme (Electricite de France)
  • Ms Emilie-Marie Mercier (Electricite de France)
  • Ms Katrien Meuwis (IMEC iNTERNATIONAL)
  • Dr Dirk Rattat (Umicore)
  • Ms Camille Roy (EIRMA)
  • Dr Vincent Ryckaert (IMEC iNTERNATIONAL)
  • Ms Anne Van den Bosch (IMEC iNTERNATIONAL)
  • Mr Peter Vanbekbergen (IMEC iNTERNATIONAL)
  • Mr Tom Vanhoutte (Capricorn Venture Partners)


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