Björn Ulmer - PatentSight GmbH
Björn Ulmer is managing director of PatentSight GmbH, an established university spin-off providing strategic insights into the patent landscape for decision makers and patent experts. PatentSight connects intellectual property with business strategy and translates the enigma associated with patented intangible assets into quantifiable, objective and actionable insight.
Mr Ulmer has a rather atypical background for an IP professional. Educated as an economist, he started his career as a top management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in 2003 with an extensive business resume. In 2012 he was asked to re-build and lead the patent department of Deutsche Post DHL Group as its director. Mr Ulmer has transformed the department from an administrative cost centre to a lean and strategic group function, directly reporting to the executive vice president, corporate development. His key achievements include:
- a newly developed and implemented group-wide IP strategy linked to the business strategy;
- an optimised cost efficient portfolio; and
- establishment of out-licensing deals through use of the Patent Asset Index™.
The Patent Asset Index™ is the scientifically developed and industry-proven methodology to evaluate quality, relevance and strength of single patents, as well as entire portfolios. It is used by leading technology-driven companies worldwide for internal management as well as communication of innovativeness to senior management or external shareholders (eg, in annual reports). The Patent Asset Index™ is the gold standard for qualitative patent evaluation. Integrated into the PatentSight business intelligence and analytics platform, it is key for successful R&D strategy development, competitive benchmarking, portfolio optimisation and identification of licensing opportunities, ideal M&A candidates, disruptive technologies or emerging trends. For these reasons, six of the top 10 chemical companies – as well as leaders in the automotive, consumer goods, electronics, engineering, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and many other industries – already rely on PatentSight’s experience and expertise.
- IP management consultancy
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