Intellectual Property: fundamentals, patentability criteria, patent application process (IT, EP, PCT). Structure and features of a patent document.
Patent search: patent databases, functionalities and limitations.
Patent classifications: IPC, ECLA, FI, CPC.
Patent analysis: statistical analysis and bibliometrics.
Patent strategies and techniques for patent breaking.
Text-mining fundamentals. Computational-linguistics applications for patent mining.
Technological diffusion: from invention to innovation.
Competitive product development and Knowledge needs.
Competition models: pure competition, pray/predator, symbiotic, parasitic.
Types and Patterns of Innovation: product/process, breakthrough/incremental, competence enhancing/competence destroying.
Innovation from the user’s perspective: customer requirements classification models, value innovation.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals as driver of innovation.
Methods and tools for Technology Forecasting: classification, potentialities and limitations.
Exemplary techniques for Technology Forecasting: Delphi Method; Logistic growth model, Logistic Substitution model; Innovation diffusion models; TRIZ-based forecasting.
FORMAT Methodology: phases and tasks of a technology forecasting activity.