Upcoming Talk

Forum Invent

On 19 November 2018 the forum invent, a series of talks, will take place in the Lakeside Science & Technology Park in Klagenfurt. Silicon Austria Labs will be present with a talk. 

Forum invent is a condensed platform for discussing and sharing information about intellectual property and patents. Since 2014, experts have been providing an insight into their work in a series of talks on the subject.

Among the speakers at the event in Klagenfurt will be experts from the Austrian Patent Office, FFG Austrian Research Promotion Agency, aws Austria Wirtschaftsservice, lawyers Burger & Partner Rechtsanwalt GmbH and BRS - Bright Red Systems GmbH. Sonja Herzog, General Legal Counsel at Silicon Austria Labs (SAL), will speak on "IPR concepts using the example of Silicon Austria Labs".

The event is organized by Verlag Holzhausen and supported by the partners BMVIT (Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology), Forschung Austria, aws, FFG, ABP, the Austrian Patent Office, CTR Carinthian Tech Research and the Silicon Alps Cluster.

Information about the event

  • 19 November 2018, 3.00-6.00pm
  • Klagenfurt | Lakeside Science & Technology Park Klagenfurt

Additional information & registration:

3 questions for Sonja Herzog

  • Why are IP strategies so vital for a research center like Silicon Austria Labs?

A research center generates knowledge. And you can’t stick a label on knowledge to indicate who it belongs to. Placing a value on intellectual property is difficult because there isn’t usually a directly comparable “product” on the market, and protecting intellectual property is tricky and usually expensive. Additionally, we have to deal with high expectations in both an industrial and university context. A research center must also be careful not to grant IP rights too liberally. After all, these rights constitute the only “product” they have to offer to which a value can be attached. It is therefore crucial to take a strategic approach.

  • What do you think are the challenges for Silicon Austria Labs in terms of developing IPR concepts?

SAL is in an extremely complex legal position with regard to mandatory legal regulations, which require a highly nuanced approach to developing and coordinating an IPR concept, tailored to each project from the start, to ensure we can keep up with research giants such as Imec or Fraunhofer.

  • Is there a universally applicable “patent formula” for approaching IPR in research?

Firstly, you need to be able to draw from a wealth of experience to judge what should be permitted or what is possible, and secondly, it is important to listen to what research partners want. Last but not least, you need a healthy dose of creativity in order to achieve this.

About Sonja Herzog

  • Graduated from the University of Vienna in 1999
  • Many years of experience as a lawyer at prestigious law firms in the field of civil procedure law
  • She then worked as an in-house legal practitioner at various international commercial and industrial firms, most recently as Senior Legal Counsel at ams AG.
  • Areas of expertise: intellectual property rights, state aid law, international contract law
  • Numerous further qualifications in commercial law from institutions both in Austria and abroad, including Stanford University in California and the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.