Innovation Management and IP Course

TIMB3 Course

Innovation Management and Intellectual Property

8 June 2021 | Virtual

Brief Description

This course aims to stimulate researchers to search for valuable opportunities to transfer ideas from their work towards the market to contribute to society. During the course researchers will explore the process behind coming up with ideas, identifying opportunities and apply them to create value for society. It will also guides researchers on the identification of the several intellectual assets generated by research and strategies to protect them.

Course Coordinator:

Miguel Santos is an invited Principal Investigator at ITQB NOVA and the coordinator of the Startup Research NOVA postgraduation programme. Miguel main interests are working in the innovation front-end to promote the translation of knowledge into meaningful and lucrative start-up projects with a main focus on regenerative medicine, and applying inter-disciplinary thinking to new business model conceptualization and new product development. Miguel teaches and mentors entrepreneurship to scientists just like himself. Miguel holds a PhD in Molecular Biology, a Post-Doctorate in Genomics, and obtained a MBA degree from the Institute of Business Management Lisbon.

Guest Speakers:

Martin Rahmel is the Director of the “Chemical Invention Factory | John Warner Center” for start-ups in Green Chemistry (CIF). CIF is the first incubator for startups in Green Chemistry and will be located at the Technische Universität Berlin. Founding startups based on chemical research results is a practical experience Martin has gained successfully over the past 10 years. Since he entered this world of innovation between academia and industry as an entrepreneur, Martin encourages and guides young scientist to become entrepreneurs as he is convinced, that our planet's health depends not only on new technologies but also on its inventor's capabilities to bring their findings to the market in order to create real impact.

Lorenzo Micacchi is a post-doc research fellow belonging to the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Florence (DIEF), performing his work as the Intellectual Property Promoter in the Technology Transfer Office of the University. He holds a PhD in Intellectual property and Competition laws and he is a member of AIPPI - International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

Training Methods

Combination of theoretical lectures, with case studies and practical exercises.


Researchers with an MSc degree, PhD Students, Post-docs, Assistant Researchers

Number of participants: 25


The course is full

System Requirements

Due to the virtual nature of the course all participants must be equipped with a computer (with camera function) as well as a stable internet connection

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Preliminary Agenda

Tuesday, 8th of June 2021

9.00-9.30 (GMT) | 10.00-10.30 (CET)

9:30h-12h (GMT) | 10:30h-13h (CET)
Introduction to Innovation Concepts and Innovation Management
Miguel Santos, PhD, MBA, ITQB NOVA

  • - What is Innovation
  • - Intro to PI
  • - Types of Innovation – Historical perspective allied to current trends of thinking

Small break

  • - Innovation management:
    • - Design thinking;
    • - Open Innovation;
    • - The Lean Method – an Innovation Management based on Scientific Thinking.
  • - Innovation management principles applied to Scientific Research

Lunch break

14h-16.30h (GMT) | 15h-17.30h (CET)
Intellectual Property Management
Lorenzo Micacchi, PhD, University of Florence

  • - IP definition and the Innovation Ecosystem
  • - Types of IP
  • - IP Management
  • - Technology Readiness Level and the Start-Up / Spin-Off Life Cycle
  • - IP Protection at the University of Florence and case studies (examples from UNIFI)

Innovation Management – Building Up a Business Model
Martin Rahmel, Eng.,TU Berlin and Miguel Santos ITQB NOVA

  • - Presentation of the Chemical Invention Factory
  • - Group exercise applying the Business Model Canvas

16.30 (GMT) |17.30h (CET)
Q/A and Concluding Remarks
Please note that this programme is subject to change depending on the availability of the speakers.

Tuesday 8 June 2021
10.30 Welcome
11.00 Introduction to Innovation Concepts and Innovation Management
Miguel Santos, ITQB NOVA, Portugal
13.00 Lunch Break
15.00 IP Management
Lorenzo Micacchi, University of Florence, Italy
15.30 Presentation of the Chemical Invention Factory
Martin Rahmel, TU Berlin, Germany
15.45 Strategic Management
Martin Rahmel and Miguel Santos
17.45 Concluding remarks