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. 

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 served as the chairperson of this group.

I currently serve on several external committees:

  1. In 2023, I was appointed as a member of the EC High-Level Forum (HFL) on Standardization, a body established to advise the EC on strategic political matters in this field and is chaired by Euro Commissioner Mr. Thierry Breton.

  2. As of 2021, I serve as an external reviewer for NWO for VENI research proposals.

  3. As of mid-2020, I serve as the chair of programmaraad SOONS, an association that funds and promotes research and teaching on standardization.  

  4. 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. 

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

  6. In 2014, I was appointed as a member of the IEEE-SA Europe Advisory Council (and re-appointed in 2017).

  7. 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 serve(d) on the following committees:

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

  2. Advisory group IEIS valorisation strategy (since 2020)

  3. Advisory Committee Academic Integrity (since 2019)

  4. Interdepartmental Advisory Appointment Committee (BAC/IFC) (since 2019)

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

  6. IEIS ICT committee (since 2016)

In the recent past, I served on the following TU/e committees:

  1. Committee reviewing the TU/e Intellectual Property (IP) policy (2021)

  2. Advisory Committee Academic Entrepreneurship at TU/e (see report - institutional access only)

  3. Committee reviewing the TU/e Intellectual Property (IP) policy (2021)

  4. Advisory Committee Academic Entrepreneurship at TU/e (see report - institutional access only) 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:

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Recent news

10 Feb. 2023. Invited talk at 50th meeting of the DIN-Präsidialausschusses FOCUS.ICT (Presidential Committee of DIN, the German national standards institute), on Education on Standards. Berlin: Germany.

January 2023: The TU/e, represented by Rudi Bekkers and Robert-Jan Smits, is appointed as a member of the EC High-Level Forum (HFL) on Standardization, a body established to advise the EC on strategic political matters in this field and is chaired by Euro Commissioner Mr. Thierry Breton.

New paper accepted at Journal of Law and Economics.

Invited to deliver a speech at the Winter Innovation Conference 2023 of the European University Institute (EUO), 27 January 2023, Florence, Italy.

3-4 November 2022: Two brand new papers presented (by my respective co-authors) at the Ninth ZEW/MaCCI Conference on the Economics of Innovation and Patenting (INNOPAT22), Mannheim, Germany.

1 November 2022: Delivered an invited speech “Using government procurement for interoperability: Lessons from Forum Standaardisatie in the Netherlands” at the TPRI Interoperability Workshop, Technology & Policy Research Initiative, Boston University.

17 August:  one new paper published in Research Policy, and two more papers accepted (one by Research Policy, one by IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid).  See

Emilio Raiteri, Carlo Bottai and I will present our new paper at EPIP22.


On 29 June 2022, I delivered an invited speech on the occasion of the valedictory address of prof. Kees Stuurman at Tilburg University.

May 2022: The TU/e selected the work done by me and my colleagues on patent essentiality as the university’s submission for the Huibregtsenprijs 2022, the Dutch national prize for research that combines scientific innovation with real potential for societal applications.

4 April 2022: Today, the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came out. I served as contributing author, focusing on the role of intellectual property rights and technology transfer for climate mitigation technologies.

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