MELT - Management, Economics and IP Law of Open Distributed Innovation

This project is led by Prof. Ove Granstrand from Chalmers University of Technology (Göteborg) and conducted as a collaborative multi-client project, with research team members distributed across management, economics, law and technology disciplines, and across academic and industrial organizations. From our department Dr. Frank Tietze is a project member supporting the MELT project with his IP management research expertise.

The purpose of this project is to develop knowledge, skills and tools for analyzing and managing various R&D, innovation and business development processes in industry and services more efficiently and effectively. The project focuses especially on the achievement of these objectives through the use of IP regimes, IP contracts and IPM skills, in in-house R&D, mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, technology collaborations (e.g. in form of open or semi-open distributed innovation), joint ventures, licensing in/out, divestment (e.g. through patent auctioning) and technology and competitor intelligence.

Read more about the MELT project at or download the project flyer with more information about the MELT partners from The project is funded within VINNOVA’s program “Innovative Companies: Management of Product Innovation”.