Rudi Bekkers

Rudi Bekkers

 
 

Welcome to my personal home page!


I hold the chair of Standardisation and Intellectual Property at the Eindhoven University of Technology. I received a Ph.D. degree for a multidisciplinary study on the development and diffusion of mobile telecommunications standards in Europe, and hold a M.Sc. in Technology and Society and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. 


My main research interests include:

  1. Standardization and intellectual property rights (IPRs) in mobile telecommunications and other industries;

  2. Economics and policy in the area of telecommunications (especially broadband and mobile);

  3. University-industry knowledge transfer (‘technology transfer’);

  4. Innovation in network industries.


As a researcher, I published in a range of journals, including Research Policy, California Management Review, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Technovation, Industrial and Corporate Change, Telecommunications Policy, and more. I also presented at a range of conferences including those of the NBER, the Academy of Management, DRUID, Schumpeter, and EMAEE. I have also been involved in conducting over 50 commissioned studies by governments, international organisations, and private parties, including  the European Commission, the OECD, the US National Academies of Science, ETSI, UN/ITU, and many others. Many of these studies are performed within Dialogic Innovatie & Interactie, a research and consultancy firm based in Utrecht, The Netherlands, with whom I am affiliated with.  


As a teacher, I focus particularly on innovation processes in relation to technological environments and contribute to the M.Sc. program Innovation Sciences and in the B.Sc. program Sustainable Innovation. One of my largest activities is a series of undergraduate courses on Patents, Design Rights and Standards (USE Learning Sequence PDS).


Within the TU/e, I I work in the Technology, Innovation and Society (TIS) group, which comprises approx. 55 staff members working in the area of economics, history of technology, and transitions. From 2014-2019 I also chaired this group.


I currently serve on several external committees:

  1. In 2018, I was appointed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs as member of the Forum Standardisatie. This body advices the Dutch government on standardization matters. 

  2. In 2017, I was re-appointed as a member of the IEEE-SA Europe Advisory Council.

  3. Since 2016, I serve as a member of the “Raad van Advies - Kring van IP-professionals” in the Netherlands.

  4. Since 2002, I am a member of NELO, the Dutch Platform of ETSI member.


In the recent past, I served as an committee member at the National Academies of Science (NAS) in the US, where we investigated the impact of patents in standards. I was also appointed by the European Commission as independent expert to the Expert Group on "Knowledge Transfer".


Within the TU/e, I currently serve on the following committees:

  1. Advisory Committee Academic Integrity (since 2019)

  2. Interdepartemental Advisory Appointment Committee (BAC/IFC) (since 2019)

  3. Deputy member College van Beroep Examens (since 2020)

  4. Advisory group IEIS valorisation strategy (since 2020)

  5. Advisory Committee PDEng Smart Buildings & Cities (SBC) (since 2017)

  6. IEIS ICT committee (since 2016)

Prof.dr.ir.ing. R.N.A. (Rudi) Bekkers

Chair of Standardization and Intellectual Property


Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IEIS)

Eindhoven University of Technology

 

Room Atlas 8.411, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven

Tel. +31 40 247 5621, email: r.n.a.bekkers@tue.nl

Official TU/e home page

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Recent news


24 February 2021: Will serve as one of the speakers on the European Commission webinar “Transparency in SEP licensing - How to clarify possible exposure upfront?”. Over 400 external guests have registered for this event.

16 December 2020: Delivered an invited speech at a meeting of the IP Owners Association, which has many of the world’s larges patent owners among its members. 

12 December 2020: I will serve as the Program Chair for the SIIT2021 conference, held in Aachen (Germany) in September 2021.

10 December 2020: a two page article appeared in main Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad that features the Essentiality Study we carried out for the European Commission.

On an event 10 December 2020 joined by over 200 participants by industry and other stakeholders, during a poll, 82% said to be in favor of a publicly available database of essentiality tested SEPs, as proposed in the Essentiality Study we carried out for the European Commission.

In a public speech of 25 November 2020, EC Commissioner for Competition and Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager announced that the “Commission will explore setting up an independent system of third-party essentiality checks [...]”, thereby indicating following up our recommendation in the Essentiality Study we carried out for the European Commission.

25 November 2020: the EC-commissioned Essentiality Study and the Landscape Study are now made public.

On December 2, 2020, there is the official launch event for the Essentiality Study we carried out for the European Commission. Over 450 people have registered!

On 26 November 2020, I delivered a talk at the Masterclass FRAND 2020 for the Centrum Permanente Educatie. This event was aimed at aimed at an audience of IP lawyers, legal council, and patent attorneys.

On November 17, 2020, the Dutch Minister of Justice and Security offered the report “Information-sharing nationwide network of cybersecurity partnerships” to the Dutch parliament, of which I am one of the authors. An English summary can be found here.

30 September 2020: Kick-off meeting of the NEON project. This project, aimed at accelerating the energy and mobility transition through integral, multidisciplinary research, encompasses more than 30 new PhD positions and many partners from industry and other organizations. I will coordinate the standardization component within NEON.

16 September 2020: I deliver a presentation for the ETSI IPR Special Committee meeting #34. In the presence of over 50 delegates, I talked about the policy of the European Patent Office (EPO) in terms of including standards-related prior art in the patent examining procedure.

3 September 2020 : The 11th. SIIT2020 conference, organized by Kai Jakobs and myself, just ended. With six sessions, 351 session participations by 203 unique individuals, this was the largest SIIT conference ever! Thank you to all participants and all the positive feedback we received! 

23 June 2020: new articles in Research Policy and in Technological Forecasting & Social Change now published online - see Publications page.

14 June 2020: three deliverables (D6.1, D6.2 and D6.3 )from the the evRoaming4EU project are now public; see the Reports page. 

18 May 2020: more than 200 people attended the webinar where we presented the results of the evRoaming4EU project.

23 April 2020: Dutch standards body NEN announces it will fund two PhD projects on standardization, one at TU/e and one at Delft. I am involved in the supervision of both projects.

December 2019: The NEON (New Energy and mobility Outlook for the Netherlands) research proposal, is selected to receive 8.5 million Euro funding from the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The TU/e is the lead applicant and within this project, I will supervise a PhD student on standardization.

June 2019: NWO awarded funding to the INTERSECT project (“An Internet of Secure Things”) in which I participate. The TU/e is the lead applicant and the project will receive approx. 10 million Euro in the Dutch Nationale Wetenschapsagenda (NWA) programme. 

In May 2019, I served as visiting teacher for the EuroTech doctoral course Economics of Innovation and Technological Change (EITC) at Technische Universität München.

In January 2019, I was was invited to address the European Parliament during a public hearing on patents and standards. Present were members of the European Parliament, but also by top-level representatives of the EC (including the Head of Unit, Industrial Property and the Fight against Counterfeiting - DG GROW), top-level representatives of the European Patent Office, as well as market players, political journalists, and observers.

EVroaming4EU project awarded and kick-off in January 2018. This €2 million project aims to facilitate the development of an EU-wide infrastructure for roaming when charging electric vehicles. Project partners include the Netherlands Knowledge Platform for Public Charging Infrastructure (NKL), MRA Elektrisch, as well as five German, Austrian and Danish partners.

  1. There is a PostDoc researcher opening for             the above project

As per 1 November 2017, I am promoted to Full Professor at my university!

On invitation of the EPO, I will give a presentation at the PATSTAT user day on the linking of the dSEP database and PATSTAT, on Monday 13 November 2017, Mexico City.

Invited to participate in the High-level roundtable Effective IP strategies for the Cloud-driven Digital Transformation, Brussels, 27 September 2017.

In August 2017, a paper on disclosure rules and declared essential patents appeared as NBER Working Paper at  http://www.nber.org/papers/w23627. See conferences and working papers for more details.

New conference papers accepted at the 2017 Conference on IP Statistics for Decision Makers (IPSDM), 14-15 November 2017 in Mexico City.

Will speak at the DRUID Professional Development Workshops (PDW) on the benefits and challenges of digitalization in research and practice at DRUID17 conference, June 12 - 14, 2017, New York.


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