Our Research Projects

CAPPA - Career Paths of Patent Attorneys

CAPPA seeks to improve the research on IP services and IP service providers. Based on the premliminary works in the IP Industry Base, CAPPA builds a comprehensive data set on the activities and the mobility of patent attorneys that have served as representatives before the European Patent Office during the last ten years. Once established and fulfilling sufficiently high thresholds on data quality, the data set will be regularly updated and used to investigate career patterns of patent attorneys and their role as intermediaries in the intellectual property market. This includes among others the role of relationship capital and the development of expertise in specific areas of the IP market. The project is supported by the EPO's Academic Research Programme.

Duration: since January 2018


NIR-VANA PROJECT - Open & Smart Innovation

Nirvana_logo_blueThe chair for Technology Transfer of the University of Jena coordinates the NIR-VANA Project (Networking Innovation Room for Added Value Networking Alliances) funded by the European Commission under the H2020 programme, INNOSUP 6. The project consortium counts furthermore with participation of Fraunhofer IWM from Leipzig, La Salle University from Barcelona, three EEN (European Enterprise Network) members: Veneto Innovazione from Venice, Swerea from Goteborg and Impulse Brussels as well as IKMIB, a Turkish association of companies.

The partners will co-create a new open/smart innovation layer combining and integrating the existing platforms which offer different services able to cover the whole process of innovation for a third party and validate it with 800 SMEs, 100 innovation advisors, 10 EEN Members and 1 SME Association.
The main goal of the project is to promote the online collaboration of SMEs during the entire innovation process through the designing and implementation of a new service that will be provided by innovation advisors.
The specific project goals are:

    • Help innovation advisors enrich their current activities for the benefit of SMEs with online tools that automate many of the time-consuming elements of their role
    • Promote the acquisition of new skills for the innovation advisors to use current online platforms and to guide the SMEs throughout the online collaboration process for innovation
    • Engage the SMEs into the EEN added value services for enhanced and open innovation support.
    • Facilitate accurate reporting of EEN activities to the European Commission
    • Involve SMEs from both innovative and non-traditionally innovative sectors into the innovation loop to increase their integration within the European Innovation Network.

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Duration: since April 2017

CHECK YOUR GOVERNMENT - Neue Wege im Datenjournalismus

TagesspiegelGemeinsam mit der Berliner Tageszeitung DER TAGESSPIEGEL arbeiten wir in einem durch die Volkswagenstiftung geförderten Projekt an neuen Methoden für den Datenjournalismus. Wer macht wirklich die Gesetze in Deutschland? Zumeist unbemerkt von der Öffentlichkeit nehmen Interessenvertreter(innen) schon früh Einfluss auf Gesetze. Nach welchen Mustern diese Prozesse verlaufen, will die Projektgruppe entschlüsseln. Dafür will sie transparent machen, an welchen Stellen des Gesetzgebungsverfahrens welche Beziehungen zwischen Regierungsvertreter(inne)n, Bundestagsabgeordneten und externen Akteur(inn)en bestanden. Das Leipziger Fraunhofer-Zentrum für Internationales Management und Wissensökonomie (MOEZ) wird unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Lutz Maicher für die Analyse die Datensätze bestehender Initiativen wie "Offenes Parlament", "Lobbypedia", "Lobbycloud", "Lobbyradar" und "DIGIWHIST" strukturiert auswerten und mit neuen Datensätzen aus verschiedenen Quellen ergänzen. Dafür sollen Quellen verwendet werden, die öffentlich zugänglich sind, aber bisher nicht ausgewertet wurden. Das Projektteam will darüber hinaus gemeinsam neue Quellen erschließen. Die Offenlegung der Mechanismen von Einflussnahme auf die Gesetzgebung soll Journalist(inn)en neue Ansatzpunkte für Recherchen liefern. Die beteiligten Wissenschaftler(innen) versprechen sich neue Ansätze und Methoden für die Konkurrenz- und Wettbewerbsanalyse. Wichtige Bereiche der im Projekt entwickelten Informationsplattform sollen nach einer Übergangszeit der interessierten Öffentlichkeit zur Nutzung zur Verfügung stehen. 

Zeitraum: November 2015 bis August 2016


Logo ProgressTTPROGRESS-TT (Public Research Organisation GRowing Europe through best practice SolutionS for Technology Transfer) is an initiative of the European Comission within the H2020 framework. It seeks to transfer the expertise of Europe's leading Public Research Organisations (PROs) to those smaller PROs with the greatest potential to grow - gathering best practice to formulate Europe's most definitive technology transfer (TT) tools, methods and insight.

The project is implemented by a team of nine expert partners, among them Lutz Maicher and his team from Fraunhofer MOEZ. Other partners are distinguished European organizations like ASTP, University of Bologna, VTT, DSM and Philips. The team will work together to design and implement a capacity building programme for technology transfer professionals that includes:

  • Definition of a capacity building strategy which defines capacity building roadmaps for TTOs.
  • Training, workshops, bootcamps and e-learning delivered to emerging PROs and TT funds to develop their core skills.
  • Intensive coaching and mentoring for high potential PROs to accelerate their TT activity. PROGRESS-TT will form 'teams' of experienced TTO performers, industry, funds and high potential PROs to develop capability, capacity, opportunity, desire, and to build a supportive TT environment.
  • Improved access to finance by bringing established and emerging funds together to share best practice and identify cross-border opportunities.

The official website of PROGRESS-TT is here.
Find PROGRESS-TT on Twitter here.

Duration: January 2015 - December 2017

IP Industry Base

ipib_kleinOne of the best illustrations of our research is the IP Industry Base (IPIB). The IPIB is a competitive intelligence platform for continuous monitoring and assessment of the IP service industry. The IP service industry encompasses all companies which provide services around the creation, prosecution and commercialisation of Intellectual Properties. It collects and analyses datapoints from heterogenous sources with the goal of creating a coherent picture on the current status and the ongoing development in this industry. The Playground of the IPIB provides some example how the data behind the project can be used. The IPIB needs registration but is a free service from the Competitive Intelligence Research Group at Fraunhofer MOEZ.

You can see further projects of the Competitive Intelligence Research Group at Fraunhofer MOEZ which are closely related to the IP Industry Base.

Duration: 2012 - ongoing

Continous Data Quality Assessment

CDQ Produktblatt_kleinBecause high data quality in continously updated and augmented knowledge bases, like the IPIB, is essential for our research, we decided to devloped the Continous Data Quality framework (CDQ). It helps the users to ensure continuing data quality and allow them to use data better and faster for new tasks. The tool is already used in different areas and is permanently revised and enhanced. See a short overview of the CDQ system here.

We are always looking for new participants for our pilot projects. If you are interested in participating please contact us.

Duration: 2014 - ongoing