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CIP builds, maintains and manages networks of international leaders and experts in the field of knowledge-based business from industry, academia and public actors. These networks supports and interacts to the furthest extent possible with all activities promoted, supported, coordinated or managed by the center and the CIP platform. CIP has an industry partner program with key actors such as Philips, Ericsson and Nestlé, collaborating on multiple levels of education and research activities.


CIPs executive education Business of IP coming up

CIPs executive education program, Business of Intellectual Property, will commence March 18th-20th in Gothenburg, Sweden. The first module will feature CIP co-directors Bowman Heinden and Ulf Petrusson, along with CIP Advisory Board member Ruud Peters. Mr Peters has a background as CIPO at Philips and is one of the most influential professionals in the IP strategy field. We look forward to welcoming particiapnts from our partner program and additional organizations.

The second module of the program will run June 3rd-5th.

For more info in the program, please contact Bowman Heiden at

CIP Co-Director Ulf Petrusson speaks at event by Svenskt Näringsliv (The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise)

Ulf Petrusson will today join a panel on knowledge assets in Industry 4.0 at Svenskt Näringsliv (The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise). Ulf will speak on the topic of how Sweden positions in the development and what policy issues need to be considered.

Thank you to Christina Wainikka at Svenskt Näringsliv for inviting CIP to be a part of the discussion.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to CIP FORUM 2018

CIP FORUM 2018 has come to an end and we would like to sincerely thank all participants for your interesting input and active contribution to the discussions on Transformation – digital, global and societal. In particular, we give our warmest thanks to our chairpersons, Make van Velzen from Philips and Keith Bergelt from Open Invention Network, and to our generous partners for making the event possible.

For the three days all participants have shared innovative ideas, research, and practical experiences from a global perspective, and it has been our delight to see them interact with our students, who have gained valuable insight into the current hot topics of our field.

It has been a delight.


CIP FORUM 2018 will focus on the theme of Transformation, which is a natural progression from the previous theme of Convergence. The event will consist of two main sub-themes as follows:

Digitization (Digital Transformation)

  • Provide an understanding of the industrial and societal impact of several emerging disruptive technologies that are driving digital transformation (Industry 4.0 in particular).
  • Provide knowledge to derive business strategies on how to manage IP and technology positions for competitive. advantage in an era of digital transformation.
  • Discuss the implications of digital transformation on existing institutions and provide insights to guide effective policy- making.

Globalization (Global Transformation)

  • Provide an understanding of the changing global competition for technology/innovation leadership (in particular a comparison of China, India, US, and EU.
  • Provide an understanding of the key comparative dynamics and drivers of technology investment/returns within the IP/innovation eco-systems in China in comparison to the US/EU (e.g. respective advantages, disadvantages, requirements and trade-offs, etc., which might reflect technology, market, legal, legislative or regulatory influences).
  • Provide knowledge to derive strategies for reconciling the disparate IP/innovation environments that best realize their respective corporate objectives – within and between the US/EU and China (e.g. Including guidance on types of IP, business models and commercialization vehicles, etc.).

The event will discuss challenges, trends, and specific management and policy issues that characterize the opportunities and threats of globalization of innovation and digital transformation for industry and policy-makers. These issues will be addressed through plenary, break-out, workshop, and roundtable sessions at different levels of focus, including policy, strategy, and operational levels. Participation is based on invitation, where the specific sessions are designed in collaboration with CIP partner organizations and board members as well as the key interests of the invited participants. The goal of the event is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the key globalization and digitalization issues by leading global policy makers, executives, and experts in an open environment where all participants have an opportunity to partake in the dialogue.

We are ready!


CIP FORUM 2018 is about to begin and CIP will welcome close to 300 participants to the event taking place in Göteborg on 23rd-25th September.

The CIP FORUM is CIP’s flagship event where partners, colleagues, alumni, and invited guests gather in Göteborg to address the key industry, university, and policy challenges of the transformation to a knowledge economy. Now we gather for the eighth time since 2001. The focus of the event is on sharing innovative ideas, research, and practical experiences among global actors.A blend of theory and practice is employed to bridge the gap between strategy and policy and encourage critical reflection in a world where business and public policy are both in transition.

The inclusion of local graduate students from Chalmers and University of Gothenburg in the event allows the next generation to voice their opinions through the unfiltered lens of the beginner’s mind. A key goal of CIP FORUM is to transform the dialogue into action through new initiatives together with industry partners, academia, and policy makers that will be carried out and presented in the next event.

CIPs Executive Education – The Business of IP

During April and May CIP has welcomed participants for our executive edcucation, The Business of IP or BIP. The BIP education gathers particpants from our partner companies, such Nokia, Volvo, Ericsson, Sandvik, Electrolux, and Equinor, joining us in Gothenburg for two three-day modules on intellectual asset capture, positioning, and commercialization, as well as the intellectual asset manangement approach to innovation. CIPs Co-Directors Ulf Petrusson and Bowman Heiden teaches the program, together with an industry faculty from our network, such as Ruud Peters, fm Philips, Damon Matteo from Fulcrum Strategy, Ray Millien from Volvo Cars and Roberto Castagno from Nokia.

Thank you to the active and engaged participants and the dedicated instructors.

CIP lecture on trade secrets at Norwegian Intellectual Property Office

Today the Norwegian Intellectual Property Office invited CIP’s Haakon Thue Lie to hold a lecture on how industry uses trade secrets and how it is combined with other intellectual property. The lecture was held as part of a series of presentations on “Commercial use of IPR” for employees and management. The EU directive on trade secrets will be implemented in Norway as part of the European Economic Area. In the EU the directive shall be implemented within June this year.

Haakon presented how the ambiguous term “lead time advantages” comprises trade secrets, and how this affects the understanding of the role of trade secrets and patent applications. The Community Innovation Surveys (CIS) of the European Union, as well as many scholarly studies, show that “lead time advantages” and “complexity of design” are the preferred appropriation mechanisms for product and process innovations. Policymakers and scholars may wrongly get the impression that these mechanisms are superior to trademarks, trade secrets, design registrations, copyrights or patents.