IPRIA Seminar Series

Patent Aggregating Companies: Exploring the Phenomenon

A free public seminar in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth proudly presented by IPRIA in association with the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA).


As part of a changing innovation paradigm from close innovation to open innovation, companies increasingly sell and buy patents. Beside corporate industrial buyers a new phenomenon is observable. In recent years, companies which seem to have none of the traditional buying motives have emerged as new significant players in the market for patents - patent aggregating companies. Frauke Ruether presents data that explains strategies and buying motives as well as a classification of eight patent aggregating companies. Four types acquire patents to generate revenues by exploiting the patents: patent acquisition funds, patent enforcement funds, patent incubating funds, and patent trading funds. The other four types acquire patents to serve their members, their customers or the society (commercially or not): defensive patent funds, non commercial patent funds, patent pools, and patent securitization funds.


Ms Frauke Rüther is a visiting scholar at the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA, University of Melbourne) and research associate at the Institute of Technology Management (ITEM-HSG, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland). She has a Master of Arts in Economics from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (USA) and a Diploma (Master equivalent) in Business Administration from Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (Germany). Before joining the ITEM-HSG, Frauke worked for B.Metzler GmbH, the Corporate Finance division of Bankhaus Metzler, Frankfurt (Germany). Her main research interests are the external exploitation of patents and technology market intermediaries. Frauke's research aims to understand and solve managerial problems of leveraging patents.


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DATE: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 1pm - 2pm (Refreshments from 12:30pm)

VENUE: Davies Collison Cave, 255 Elizabeth Street, SYDNEY

COST: Free of charge



DATE: Thursday 3 November 2011, 1pm - 2pm (Refreshments from 12:30pm)

VENUE: Fisher Adams Kelly, Level 29, 12 Creek Street, BRISBANE

COST: Free of charge



DATE: Friday 11 November 2011, 1pm - 2pm (Refreshments from 12:30pm)

VENUE: Law Society of South Australia, Ground Floor, 124 Waymouth Street, ADELAIDE

COST: Free of charge



DATE: Friday 18 November 2011, 1pm - 2pm (Refreshments from 12:30pm)

VENUE: Davies Collison Cave, Level 15, 1 Nicholson Street, MELBOURNE

COST: Free of charge



DATE: Monday 21 November 2011, 1pm - 2pm (Refreshments from 12:30pm)

VENUE: Law Society of Western Australia, Level 4, 89 St Georges Terrace, PERTH

COST: Free of charge



Continuing Professional Development

Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
If this particular educational activity is relevant to your professional development, improving your practice and service to your clients, you may be able to claim CPE hours.

Please refer to the Professional Standards Board Website and its guidelines on CPE


SEMINAR CONTACT: Michelle Wilson, IPRIA, Alan Gilbert Building, The University of Melbourne, VIC 3010
Telephone: (03) 8344 2153 Fax: (03) 8344 2111
Email: mawils@unimelb.edu.au