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International Development Research @ Cambridge


Professor Frank Tietze is Professor of Innovation Engineering, University Lecturer for Technology and Innovation Management and head of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Management (IIPM) Lab at the Department of Engineering, Institute for Manufacturing. He is also a fellow at Wolfson College, affiliated to the Cambridge Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL). Frank is a member of the Innovation and IP research group at Chalmers University of Technology  – Sweden –  and serves  on the IP Commercialisation Committee of CIPA – the UK's Chartered Institute for Patent Attorneys. He is co-editor of the SUSTAINABILITY special issue on "Intellectual Property Strategies and Sustainable Business Models for Sustainability Transitions", associate editor of IEEE TEMS and advisory board member of World Patent Information (WPI) and of LES Nouvelles.

Frank has a keen interest in how intellectual property (IP) can help with accelerating sustainability transitions, achieving sustainable development goals and implementing the circular economy. He has a particular interest in how product-service systems (PSS) combine products, services and digital infrastructure into integrated solutions to provide value rather than selling products.

Together with international colleagues in 2018, Frank started IPACST, a Belmont Forum-funded three year inter- and multi-disciplinary project studying the role and usage of IP for sustainability transitions and sustainable business models in the energy field. The project includes the investigation of the case of India and a commitment to impact on the lives of the world’s poorest 3 billion people.

Frank’s interest in sustainability – and consequent motivation to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals through the participation in Cambridge Global Challenges –  was sparked when he co-founded ARKTIK in 2008, a German- based award-winning climate care company for compensating CO2 mobility emissions.


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Cambridge Global Challenges is the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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