Pohlmann, Tim


Associate Researcher, CEO & founder IPlytics

Research interests:

Intellectual Property, Market Competition, Technology Trends, Standardization



Short CV

Dr. Tim Pohlmann is an external research associate at the "Law and Economics of Patents Group"​ CERNA, MINES ParisTech and an associate at Berlin Institute of Technology. Dr. Pohlmann's expertise covers the empirical analysis technology trends and market competition such as e.g. patent strategies, the interplay of patents and standards, the pooling of patents, technology licensing, patent trolls and standard setting for ICT. 

Dr. Tim Pohlmann earned his doctoral degree with the highest distinctions from the Berlin Institute of Technology with a dissertation on patenting and coordination in ICT standardization. During the last 5 years Dr. Tim Pohlmann has been actively involved in preparing studies for the European Commission, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the German "Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation" and the German Federal Government on the effect of patents, patent licensing, business models in Open Source Software, technology trends in ICT and the interplay of IPR and standards.

Dr. Tim Pohlmann is the CEO and founder of IPlytics, a software company that provides a IP analytics tool (IPlytics Platform) which connects information on patents, standards, SEPs and companies in a visual interface. The intelligence tool empowers its users to analyze a company’s competitive position for any industry using patent valuation and patent landscaping methods.


Publications in peer-reviewed international journals

Baron, J.; Pohlmann, T.; Blind, K. (2016): Essential patents and standard dynamics, Research Policy, in press.

Pohlmann, T.; Neuhäusler, P.; Blind, K. (2015): Standard Essential Patents to Boost Financial Returns, R&D Management, forthcoming.

Baron, J., Ménière, Y. Pohlmann, T. (2014): Standards, Consortia and Innovation, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Volume: 36, Special Issue, Pages: 22-35.

Pohlmann, T. (2014): The Evolution of ICT Standards Consortia, Communications & Strategies, Volume 95, Issue 3, pages 17-40.

Baron, J., Pohlmann, T. (2013): Who Cooperates in Standards Consortia: Rivals or Complementors?, Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 9 (4), pp. 905-929.

Pohlmann, T.; Opitz, M. (2013): Typology of the Patent Troll Business, R&D Management, Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 103–120.


Publications in peer-reviewed international journals (under review)

Baron, J.; Pohlmann, T. (2016): Patent Pools and Patent Inflation, under review.

Baron, J.; Pohlmann, T. (2015): Mapping Standards to Patents using Databases of Declared Standard-Essential Patents and Systems of Technological Classification, under review.


Publications in specialist journals

Pohlmann, T. (2016): Landscaping Standard Essential Patents, Intellectual Asset Management Jan/Feb 2016, pages 69-74.

Méniere, Y., Dietrich, Y., Baron, J., Pohlmann, T. and Nguyen-Dinh, L. (2015): Patent positions and start-up success, Intellectual Asset Management March/April 2015, pp. 27-34.

Blind, K., Pohlmann, T. ((2014): The Interplay of Patents and Standards for Information and Communication Technologies, PIK - 37, 3, pp. 189–195, ISSN 0930-5157, DOI: 10.1515/pik-2014-0016, September 2014.

Blind, K., Pohlmann, T. (2014): Patente in Technologiestandards: Innovation oder Blockade für die IKT-Industrie?, GRUR Zeitschrift für gewerblichen Rechtschutz und Urheberrecht, Heft 8/2014, pp. 713 - 719.

Blind, K., Pohlmann, T. (2013): Trends In The Interplay Of IPR And Standards, FRAND Commitments And SEP Litigation, les Nouvelles, pages 177-181, September 2013.

Pohlmann (2010): Academic Patent and Innovation Strategies, Discussion Paper on Strategy and Innovation 10-01, Marburg, February 2010, ISSN 1864-2039.



EU Study (2016): Landscaping Standard Essential Patents. A study prepared for the European Commission DG GROW Unit F.5, Intellectual Property and Fight Against Counterfeiting.

EU Study (2014): Patents and Standards A modern framework for IPR-based standardization. A study prepared for the European Commission Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, ISBN 978-92-79-35991-0 DOI: 10.2769/90861.

EFI Study (Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation) (2014): Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien in Deutschland und im internationalen Vergleich - ausgewählte Innovationsindikatoren -. Fraunhofer ISI, ZEW, NIW, TU Berlin.

2014: IPlytics is a Berlin based company that offers an online based patent analytics platform tool to analyze market developments, technology trends and a company’s competitive position for patenting and standardization. IPlytics Platform integrates patent analysis, patent valuations, patent mapping, patent landscaping and a mapping of technology standards and products, such as an identification of standard essential patents, patent licensing terms or patent pools.

2013: WIPO Study"Exploratory Study on the Egyptian IT sector and the Role of IPR”. Under this CDIP project, the government of Egypt, via the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), has requested the WIPO Chief Economist to assess the Economic Impact of Intellectual Property in the ICT Sector in Egypt. Tim Pohlmann will conduct the study as an expert in the field of economic impacts of IP systems.

EU Study (2011): The European Commission (DG Enterprise & Industry) commissioned the fact-finding Study on the Interplay between Standards and IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) on the background "Towards an increased contribution from standardisation to innovation” supported by Council Conclusions. The study was conducted by the TU Berlin in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Communication System, Dialogic, the School of Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology and two legal consultants.

BMWi Study (2011): Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie (BMWi): Open or Closed Source Geschäftsmodelle - Studie in Kooperation mit PriceWaterhouseCoopers und Fraunhofer FOKUS: Geschäftsmodelle für Softwareanbieter - Von der Forschung zum Erfolg



IP-Management lecture, Winter Term 2016/2017, Technical University Berlin, Germany

IP-Management seminar, Winter Term 2016/2017, Technical University Berlin, Germany

IP-Management lecture, Summer 2016, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Strategic Standardization, Summer Term 2016, Technical University Berlin, Germany

IP/Patent-Management, Summer Term 2012, University of Potsdam, Germany

Tim Pohlmann associate researcher CERNA - MINES ParisTech


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