IP 4.0 Innovation Through Cooperation

4th women in ip International Forum

IP 4.0 Innovation through cooperation

The event has already taken place. 

Digital innovation is reshaping the way we work and cooperate with each other. Advanced technologies are being combined in innovative ways in what has been called Industry 4.0. In our 4th International networking forum, we strive to explore these trends and their implications for the IP profession. The event takes place in a truly innovative environment: the new campus by RTWH Aachen University, one of Europe’s largest innovation clusters.


  • Prof. Julia Bendul, RWTH Aachen
    Industry 4.0 as the savior of Europe as a location for value creation?
    Hopes and realities of the digitalization hype - Global trends change what and how to produce - Shrinking Sensor Costs enable a widespread use and the vision of Industry 4.0
  • Rita Wezenbeek, DG Competition, European Commission
    Co-operation in times of digital platforms and markets
    Co-investment and network sharing generally pro-competitive, good for roll out and investment (coverage and capacity) and beneficial to consumers – In many situations access to big data almost as important as access to connectivity – tech markets fundamentally different from others?
  • Franziska Poprawe, University of Oxford
    Do values trump logic in decision making?
    a philosophical journey
    “Philosophy is a not a theory, but an activity.” - Logic is the stage, not the script - Our values guide our reasoning - Emotions can be rational and can steer reasoning correctly.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Registration and light lunch

Welcome and introduction into the program

Andrea Zehetner and Claudia Schwarz, women in ip

The RWTH Campus: A unique model for university-industry collaboration

Yvonne Dobrzanski-Esser, Fraunhofer ILT

Industry 4.0 as the saviour of Europe as a location for value creation?

Julia Bendul, Professor for Management of Industry 4.0, RWTH Aachen

Co-operations in times of digital platforms and markets

Rita Wezenbeek, Head of Antitrust Telecom Unit, DG Competition, European Commission

Do values trump logic when it comes to decision making? - A philosophical journey

Franziska Poprawe, University of Oxford

Discussion with the audience

Networking break

Panel: Role of IP in Industry 4.0 and agile developments

Impulse talks: Advances in additive manufacturing /3D-printing • E-mobility made in Aachen: the e.GO story • Agile IP

RWTH Campus tour

lab and demofactory visits

Networking reception and dinner

at the RWTH Invention Center (INC)

Optional get-together at the Roof Top Bar of the Innside Melia Hotel

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Continue networking and exchange during a guided tour of 2000 years of history in the old town of Aachen and the Aachener Dom, a U.N. World Heritage Site

Good-bye lunch

(optional, not included in conference fee) and adjourn


Our 4th women in ip international forum with the topic “IP 4.0 – innovation through cooperation” took place on October 5 & 6 in Aachen, Germany.
Starting on Friday with a light lunch and refreshments, followed by a warm welcome of deputy mayor of Aachen, Dr. Margrethe Schmeer, introducing the city and its research landscape and appreciating our initiative to empower women, particularly MINT women. Yvonne Dobrzanski-Esser, one of our host organisators, bid everyone welcome to the innovative research and development hub at RWTH Campus giving us a wonderful overview of the genetics of the Campus and how university and industry work together to create innovation. After that, three hours of interesting talks took place. For those who attended, slides have already been distributed and for our members they will soon be at your disposal online.

Following a break with plenty of coffee, delicious cake from Aachen and the Rhineland, and opportunities for networking, the practioners took over and presented hot topics such as 3D-printing of biological material and electro mobility made in Aachen (the e.GO story). The forum was concluded by visiting actual demo-factories and research labs (ACAM and e.GO) and a get-together in the Invention Center (INC). Thanking our hosts Toni Drescher and Anna Hachmöller for their kind cooperation. Everyone enjoyed the time to network in the creative atmosphere of the INC as well as the delicious flying buffet. Some of the ladies met privately in the hotel bar to continue their conversations which we heard was very nice as well. On Saturday, the guided tour through sunny Aachen showed the city from its best side and gave some insights into its history and Karl the Great’s life. We also learned that Casanova was a frequent visitor to Aachen, a fact that was also new to us…

5. - 6. October 2018

All of the day
Campus-Boulevard 57
52074 Aachen
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