European Patent Summer Course

The European Patent Summer Course is a unique forum, bringing together practitioners in the fi eld of intellectual property management with academics a...

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Organised by the European Patent Academy in co-operation with:  BGW Management Advisory Group, St.Gallen – Wien  Bocconi University, Italy

This European Patent Academy event will be held in a superb Swiss Alpine setting close to Lake Constance (Bodensee). The welcome desk of the course will open on the afternoon of Sunday 3 September, and participants will be encouraged to make the most of the leisure opportunities that the scenic town of St.Gallen and the surrounding countryside have to offer during the weekend prior to the Summer Course.

Participants will enjoy the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of current IP-related topics with inter-industry IP experts, to exchange best practices as well as to network with fellow practitioners and researchers. The course addresses experts in IP, R&D and law from different industries as well as academics, explaining a range of current practical and scientific topics in IP (see call for abstracts). The working language of the Summer Course will be English.

 University of St.Gallen, Switzerland

Venue: University of St.Gallen (Switzerland) 4 & 5 September 2006

Places are limited to just 60 persons, so please register early at

The European Patent Summer Course is a unique forum, bringing together practitioners in the field of intellectual property management with academics and researchers addressing the latest issues in patent strategy and management. This course will have two distinct yet complementary days, providing insights from the front lines of different industries and offering the opportunity to explore economic aspects of patent and innovation practices.


Registrations will close on 18 August. The fee is 300 € (or 150 € for students) and includes participation and lunches on both days. Participants will need to arrange their own travel and accommodation.

Management Advisory Group St. Gallen – Wien

European Patent Summer Course

5 September 2006

Day One

Day Two

Practitioners‘ Day

Researchers‘ Day

IP Hurdle or Chance? The role of the national IP authority Dr Roland Tschudin, The Swiss Federal Institute of IP

IP researchers will present and discuss the latest thinking on:

Innovation and protection strategies for profit Prof Dr Oliver Gassmann, University of St.Gallen Strategic patent portfolio management and cost optimisation Ingrid Baele, Philips

(1) The economics of managing patents – quantitative research methodology (2) The economics of managing patents – qualitative research methodology (3) The law and economics of managing patents

Valuation of patents Ingo Brückner, DaimlerChrysler Managing patents in SMEs Dr Francesco Macchetta, Bracco Managing patents in service industries Donat Bischoff, SwissRe Managing patents in R&D collaborations Peter Klett, IBM Managing IP in emerging markets Wulf Höflich, Airbus Managing patents: trends and challenges Dr Martin Bader, BGW

These sessions will be chaired by leading economists and IP academics: Prof Dr Stefano Breschi Bocconi University, Milan Prof Dr Bernhard Ehrenzeller Vice President Research, University of St.Gallen Prof Dr Laurent Manderieux Bocconi University, Milan Prof Dr Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie EPO Chief Economist Call for abstracts: The Academy´s website ( 2006/au15/index.en.php) also has details for how to submit an abstract for this Summer Course (deadline 28 July). Researchers whose abstracts are accepted for presentation on the second day will be eligible for a refund on their attendance fee.

4 September 2006