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Position : Post-Doc

Research interests : Intellectual Property, Technology Markets, Standardization

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Tim Pohlmann is a post-doctoral researcher in economics at Mines ParisTech and Berlin Institute of Technology. He specializes in the economic analysis of markets for technology. He earned his doctoral degree with the highest distinctions in August 2012 from the Berlin Institute of Technology with a dissertation on "Patenting and Coordination in ICT Standardization". Tim’s research covers the empirical analysis of the trade of patents, patent trolls, standardization consortia and patent pools. He has presented his work at a large number of international conferences. Tim has been actively involved in preparing studies for the European Commission, the WIPO and the German Federal Government on IP systems, the role of patents in technological standardization and business models in Open Source Software.


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Publications in peer-reviewed international journals:

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 specialist journals:

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.


Working Papers:

Pohlmann, T.; Neuhäusler, P.; Blind, K. (2014): Standard essential patents to boost financial returns, revise and resubmit.

Pohlmann, T.;Baron, J.; Blind, K. (2013): Essential Patents and Standard Dynamics, working paper.

Pohlmann, T.; Baron, J. (2013): Patent Pools and Patent Inflation, working paper.

Pohlmann, T.; Blind K. (2013): Firms’ cooperative activities as driving factors of patent declaration on technological standards, working paper.




2010/2011: 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.

2010/2011: 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

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.

2013: IPlytics was founded by economist of the Chair of Innovation Economics at the TU Berlin and by developers of the Fraunhofer FOKUS. 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. IPlytics Platform helps companies making the right R&D investment decisions by providing actionable and trustworthy insights on relevant IP assets.

2014: EU Study: 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.


Conferences :

IADIS International Conference, Telecommunications, Networks and Systems, Freiburg 2010. www.tns-conf.org

INTERTIC Conference on Competition in High Tech Markets, Innovation, Networks and Multi-sided Markets, Milan 2010. http://www.intertic.org

Conference ICT and Economic Growth. Strategy in ICT Markets, Munich 2010. www.en.ice.bwl.uni-muenchen.de


International EMAEE Conference (European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics), Pisa 2011. www.lem.sssup.it

7th International Conference on Standardization and Innovation in Information Technology SIIT, Berlin 2011. http://www.siit2011.org/

6th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association: Fine-Tuning IPR debates, Brussels 2011. www.epip.eu/conferences

Conference on the Economics of Information and Communication Technologies Paris, 2011. http://ses.telecom-paristech.fr

USPTO Patent Statistics for Decision Makers Conference, Alexandria, USA 2011. conference-uspto -->poster

ICTNET 4th workshop – ICT, R&D, Intangibles and ICT Diffusion, London, 2012. OECD ICT NET conference

7th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association, Leuven, 2012. EPIP2012

ITU Patent Roundtable, Geneva. ITU2012

Patent statistics for decision makers (PSDM) conference: Knowledge assets and economic growth, Paris. PSDM2012 ---> video cast

Searle Center Research Roundtable on Technology Standards, Innovation, and Market Standards, Kellogg School of Management,  Northwestern University, Chicago, 2013.

Sixth Annual Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)-Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference on Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship, Northwestern Law, Chicago, 2013.

Invited talk on "Tensions between Competion Rules and Intellectual Property Rights in the ICT Sector”, the 9th ELEA Symposium,  Bruges, Belgium, 2013.


Lectures :

IP-Management, Winter Term 2009/2010, Technical University Berlin, Germany

Strategic Standardization, Summer Term 2011, Technical University Berlin, Germany

Strategic Standardization, Summer Term 2012, Technical University Berlin, Germany

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

Strategic Standardization, Winter Term 2012/2013, Technical University Berlin, Germany

Strategic Standardization, Summer Term 2013, Technical University Berlin, Germany


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