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Dr Frank Tietze

  • College positions:

    External Director of Studies in Manufacturing Engineering

  • Subject:

(Dr rer pol Dipl-ing oec MSc MA)

At the Engineering Department, Frank leads the Innovation and Intellectual Property Management (IIPM) lab, which is part of the Centre for Technology Management based at the Institute for Manufacturing. IIPM takes a management (firm level) perspective on IP in distributed, collaborative and cumulative innovation processes and systems. Frank teaches technology, innovation and IP management courses to graduate and undergraduate students, but also executives. He runs the 'Innovation and Strategic management of Intellectual Property' (4E1) for Cambridge engineering and ISMM students, is module leader for the MET 'Technology and Innovation Management' course and responsible for MET 2B industrial projects.
Frank has worked with various governmental organisations, such as the European Patent Office (EPO), World IP Organization (WIPO) and the Singaporean IP Office (IPOS) as well as companies across different industries. Frank is Affiliate to the Cambridge Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law and member of the Innovation and IP research group at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden). He serves on the IP Commercialisation Committee of CIPA, the UK's Chartered Institute for Patent Attorneys.

Frank is departmental editor at IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management for Technology Assessment, Forecasting, Planning and Transfer, IP management and licensing. He is editorial board member of World Patent Information, the leading journal in the field of Industrial Property information and documentation (IP informatics) and editorial review board member of LES Nouvelles, the journal of the Licensing Executive Society. He is editor for the CTM working paper series.

Before joining Cambridge in 2014, Frank was Assistant Professor at the Institute for Innovation Research at Kiel University (CAU), Germany oldest research centre dedicated to innovation management, where he also provided lectures to the Kiel School of Sustainability. He holds a doctoral degree in economics and social sciences from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and particularly the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management. Frank co-founded the venture backed start-up ARKTIK GmbH in 2008, an award-winning climate care company for compensating CO2 mobility emissions, where he was member of the executive management board until end of 2009.