Intellectual Property Management Tool

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Urban and Regional Innovation Research Unit (URENIO)
Posted on 13 Jun 2012


Intellectual Property (IP) forms a central role within the knowledge economy and it is important that businesses develop a thorough understanding of IP in order to ensure that they maximise their productivity and competitiveness on the global market. The value of IP within the modern economy has been confirmed by theoretical economic justifications and empirical evidence. IP is increasingly being viewed as a bridge between the intellectual and economic spheres of our society and a key element of the commercialisation process. Although Europe is renowned globally for its excellence in research, it is still relatively weak in exploiting research results and in transforming them into innovative, commercial products and services that can boost competitiveness. This is partly because Universities, public research centres and SMEs do not always fully understand the IP process and are unaware of how to ensure that their knowledge and research findings are effectively protected.


Managing intellectual property assets of a company is a value-creating activity. Used in the correct way it creates revenue for the company, adds value to a product on the market, and increases global market share or market exclusivity. Effective management can also lead to a strengthened position vis-a-vis competitors and give a superior position in license negotiations. Failing to manage IP only adds additional expense, which can be extensive. IPR tool supports intellectual property rights as a collective term includes the following independent IP rights which can be collectively used for protecting different aspects of an inventive work for multiple protection: 
Registered ( industrial), design
Protection of IC layout design,
 Geographical indications, and 
Protection of undisclosed information.

Applications (existing / potential)

The tool is targeted towards small and middle size organizations that otherwise could not afford expensive legal fees for IPR management. The tool guides the users to select the type of fees, make a cost benefit analysis for IP management, clarify all regulation and procedures for applying for IPR, clarify protection limitations and facilitate the application process. The tool also keeps records for maintain and updating the IP. The purpose of IPR tool is to provide individuals, businesses, research institutes, and other interested parties with relevant information and on-line support for good good IP management and raise awareness of IP issues amongst professionals working in Industrial Liaison Offices (ILO), Technology Transfer Offices (TTO), Scientific and Technological Parks, and academic and industrial research centres or SMEs.

Technical feasibility of product deriving from R&D

The initial content of the tool is based on the work of the Leonardo DaVinci programme regarding IPR training to SMEs, called Qlime. The IPR handbook will be the basis for content creation which will also be enriched with online resources and connections to main IPR organisations. The tool will also employ a decision support tool for electing IP type, organization and coverage depending on user needs. It will also include a cost benefit analysis tool taking under consideration the cumulative costs and benefits occur during the life toine of an IP asset.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Urban and Regional Innovation Research Unit (URENIO)
University Box 491 Thessaloniki Professor Nicos Komninos Nitsa Papadopoulou
Tel: 00302310489304
Fax: 00302310472240

About Urban and Regional Innovation Research Unit (URENIO)

URENIO is a university laboratory for the promotion of research and supply of scientific and technological services. URENIO is part of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
URENIO’s current research emphasis is on intelligent cities and regions. In particular:
• Innovation clusters development and planning: Development, assessment and planning of innovative clusters, technology districts, technopoles, science and technology parks, innovation centres and incubators.
• Regional innovation systems and strategies. Knowledge-based urban and regional development. Management of regional systems of innovation. Regional innovation strategies. RIS and RITTS projects. Measuring and benchmarking of innovation performance.
Intelligent cities: Intelligent-global clusters and technology parks. Virtual innovation environments. Digital city platforms and innovation e-communities. Strategic intelligence, foresight and benchmarking. Global technology transfer networks. Collaborative new product development. Global product promotion.

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