Alfred Radauer is Senior Consultant and Authorised Representative (“Prokurist” under Austrian law) at Technopolis Group Austria. He leads the “Intellectual Property & Standards” (IPS) group at Technopolis.
Alfred joined the company in 2008, after he had worked between 1999 and 2008 at the Austrian Institute for SME Research. In his professional career, he has accumulated extensive experience in the execution of innovation-related studies and evaluations as well as providing respective strategic advice using various quantitative and qualitative research methods. Alfred wears two hats: First, Alfred specialised in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The second hat is more general innovation policy, with a particular emphasis on selected industries such as the cultural and creative industries (CCI), the life sciences and ICT, and with a particular spin towards SMEs.
In the IP context, his assignments focus on the interface between legal, technological and economic issues of IP in innovation policy as well as the interaction of IP with regulation and other policy areas. The assignments are spanning all types of IP instruments. Clients include national ministries and funding agencies, the European Patent Office (EPO), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) or the European Parliament. Examples of his assignments include:
- An assessment of the economic impact of Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs), for the Dutch Ministry Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports
- Consulting and advice for the creation of the Austrian National IP Strategy and the first Slovak national IP Strategy
- An evaluation-supporting study on the IPR Enforcement Directive 2004/48/EC (IPRED)
- Studies on the use of patent licensing (PATLICE survey), the quantifications of costs of a European EPC-bundle patent or the impact of Utility Model legislation on innovation in Europe
- Regular (on a yearly basis) valuations and assessments of patents nominated for the European Inventor Award (for the European Patent Office)
- Evaluation and design of IP support services for SMEs and research organisations, as well as advice concerning IP and technology transfer strategies employed by research organisations
Recent assignments in the fields of CCI and ICT comprise:
- An evaluation of the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart, for the MFG Film Fund in the state of Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
- Focused evaluations of the “Creative Europe” programme run by the European Commission (DG Connect and DG EAC)
- The evaluation of the Austrian Creative Industries initiative “evolve”
- The evaluation of Digital Content Funding (Games) programme in Baden-Württemberg
- The assessment of nine specialty fields of the ICT-sector in the Vienna Region.
Examples of innovation policy-related projects of a more general nature are the evaluation of the Viennese RTDI strategy or the evaluation of the Austrian support structures for FP7 and Eureka.
Apart from his duties at Technopolis, Alfred is teaching part-time innovation economics as well as innovation and IP management for students of “international business” and “SME management” at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. Alfred is fluent in English, German and Romanian and has a working knowledge of French. He has a master´s degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and is member of professional bodies such as the Licensing Executives Society (LES).