Rudi Bekkers


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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 the Academy of Management, NBER, DRUID, Schumpeter and EMAEE. I have also been involved in conducting over 50 commissioned studies by governments, international organisations, and private clients, 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 serve as the Group Chair of the Technology, Innovation and Society (TIS) group, which comprises approx. 55 staff members working in the area of economics, history of technology, and transitions. The group is also present in the Eindhoven Centre of Innovation Studies (ECIS).

I currently serve as member of the IEEE-SA Europe Advisory Council and as a member of the “Raad van Advies - Kring van IP-professionals” in the Netherlands. 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". R.N.A. (Rudi) Bekkers

Chair of Standardization and Intellectual Property

Chair of the Technology, Innovation and Society (TIS) group

Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IEIS)

Eindhoven University of Technology


Room IPO 2.21, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven

Tel. +31 40 247 5621, email:

Recent news

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

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.

I am 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 See conferences and working papers for more details.

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

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

New conference papers accepted at the DRUID17, EMAEE2017 (2x), 2017 ZEW/MaCCi, and also at EPIP2017 and EARIE17. See conferences page.

On 29-30 May I will talk at the LCII-TILEC Workshop "The Future of Open and Collaborative Standard Setting", Brussels.

July 16-26 , 2017 I will teach at the 1st European Summer School on Standards and the Law Tilburg University,

May 22-28 I will teach at the Eurotech PhD school on Economics of Innovation and Technological Change Lausanne, Switzerland.

On 5 December 2016, I will talk at the 10th Annual Standards, Patents & Competition: Law & Litigation in London.

The IEEE Massive Open On-line Course (MOOC) “Innovation and Competition: Succeeding through Global Standards” I was part of ran its first instance in Spring 2016  and saw 2700 participants from 135 countries.

On 22 September 2016, I’ll be part of a session on university industry relations at the CIP Forum conference in Gothenburg, Sweden.

On 14 June 2016, TILEC of the Tilburg University held an expert workshop on the functioning of SSOs. I organized a session on Governance of Standardisation at that event.

The IEEE Standards Education MOOC “Innovation and Competition: Succeeding through Global Standards”, in which I served as one of the lecturers, ran for the first time from 29 March to 13 May 2016 and had over 2700 individuals from 135 countries participating.

On Feb 24, 2016, a new version of the public dSEP database of disclosed essential standards was made available to the public. See as well as the announcement in the EPO PATSTAT forum.

On February 3, 2016 I was lead discussant at the IEEE-SA Board of Governors Forum Roundtable on the Role of Technology Standards in Trade Policy in Vienna.

Just finished the video recordings as a contributor to a new Massive Open On-line Course (MOOC) “Innovation and Competition: Succeeding through Global Standards” by IEEE, which will launch in Spring 2016.

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