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New Developments in Pre-Commercial Procurement for Innovation in Europe

12 March 2018

On 19 March 2018, the Corvers-MSM Chair in Innovation Procurement at Maastricht School of Management will be giving a short series of public lectures to highlight new developments with respect to Pre-Commercial Procurement for Innovation in the European context.

Time: 16:00 – 17:15 followed by a networking reception in the MSM Business Lounge from 17:15 – 18:00 .
Location lecture: Maastricht School of Management, Endepolsdomein 150, Maastricht, Conference Hall.

Intellectual Property Rights in the EU Pre-Commercial Procurement for Innovation
By: Professor Nicola Dimitri
Time: 16:00 – 16:30

Abstract. The 2007 European Commission (EC) Communication, on Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) for innovation, introduced a legal instrument, for the public sector, to procure R&D services for solving problems, with no available solution in the market. As a main economic incentive for participating firms, the EC suggests to leave the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) to the companies. The Communication however does not provide guidelines on how to estimate the economic value of IPR, which seems to be an important missing point for the PCP diffusion and success. The paper presents a methodology for estimating the IPR economic value, discussing its advantages and critical points.

State-of-the-art Analysis in Pre-Commercial Procurement
By: Dr. Ramona Apostol and Dr. Anne Rainville
Time: 16:30 – 17:15
Abstract. Knowledge of state-of-the-art prior to the deployment of a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) is crucial for public procurers. A proper state-of-the-art analysis will enable informed decision-making regarding the legal and managerial justification of the PCP and the definition of the project parameters (such as the division of IP rights, the need to consider existing or missing standards etc.). Based on the eafip business case methodology as derived by Vtrek, and with focus on IP Intelligence tool Ipylitics, this lecture illustrates the steps a public procurer may take in conducting a state-of the-art analysis prior to the deployment of a PCP. The lecture highlights the applicable legal framework as well as the practical challenges a procurer may encounter and finally points out to the advantages of the proposed methodology for public sector state-of-the-art analysis.

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About the lecturers
Nicola Dimitri holds the Corvers Chair in Innovation Procurement at MSM. He is also Professor of Economics at the University of Siena (Italy), Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IMT) Lucca (Italy) and Life Member of Clare Hall College (Cambridge-UK). He was formerly Deputy Rector of the University of Siena and Chair of the Economics Department. He has been Fulbright Student, Chevening Scholar, NATO-CNR and Fernand Braudel Fellow (EUI). He built up twelve years of both academic and professional experience in Innovation Procurement, where he was initially involved because of his background in Microeconomics and Game Theory. A main experience in this area was as economic advisor of Consip, the Italian Procurement Central Purchasing entity. He also has academic and professional experience in the economics of innovation, after having served as economic advisor in an Innovation Park for Life Sciences in Siena, focused on incubating start-ups. As a result, he then produced several academic publications on R&D productivity in the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Ramona Apostol is a Research Fellow at MSM. She holds a PhD in law from the University of Leiden. Previously, she obtained het Master degree in ‘International and European Law’ from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and a bachelor degree in Romanian law from the University of Bucharest (Romania). She has followed (both in the Netherlands and in the US) specialization courses in the area of European and International Procurement Law. As a Research Fellow at MSM she is working within the Corvers-MSM Chair in Innovation Procurement.

Since February 2009 Ramona has been working as legal procurement researcher at Corvers Procurement Services BV. In this role, she has been involved in a wide range of procurement projects related to the implementation of sustainability criteria in the procurement policy and practice of central and local government agencies as well as in the procurement of innovation and R&D. She has regularly been involved in writing proposals and subsequently implementing EU funded research projects related to sustainability and innovation aspects in public procurement. With regard to these topics, she regularly publishes and gives presentations.

Dr. Anne Rainville is a Research Fellow at MSM. She is also a Management Consultant at Vtrek – a network organization offering expert services to help public agencies create value in their purchasing. Prior to coming to Vtrek, she was a Research Fellow and PhD Student under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Knut Blind at the Chair of Innovation Economics, Technical University Berlin. She received her doctorate in 2016 from the Technical University Berlin with a grade of magna cum laude. Fully-funded by Climate-KIC, her research focused on roles for standardization, collaboration, and intermediation in opening innovation procurement. As a Climate-KIC PhD Label student, she gained comprehensive experience and training in the area of climate research and entrepreneurship. As a Research Fellow she is working within the Corvers-MSM Chair in Innovation Procurement.

About the Chair in Innovation Procurement
The Corvers-MSM Chair in Innovation Procurement was launched in October 2016 at the Maastricht School of Management. The Chair holder is Professor Nicola Dimitri, who is supported by a team of researchers.

The scope of work of the Chair builds up on the strong attention received in recent years by both Public Procurement and Innovation, as two fundamental drivers for growth and development, a point particularly stressed by the recent 2014 EU Public Procurement Directives. Indeed, since for example in the EU innovation procurement through public expenditure counts for about 18% of the GDP, with tight public finances procurements delivery of best value for money has become crucial for the public sector. Moreover, because of its size, innovation procurement is in a best position for promoting innovative solutions to enhance societal growth and welfare. Innovation procurement also plays a role in industrial policy – vital for creating and maintaining a competitively growing economy, and an area of concern in the EC and industrially lagging countries in Africa and Latin America in recent years.

The Corvers-MSM Chair in Innovation Procurement has since it inception been active in generation of a number of publications and public lecturers on the topic (see ) Moreover, it has created and offers a flexible training programme in innovation procurement that is suitable for open enrollment as well as to be tailored to organizational needs. Recent clients include the Dutch Ministry of Defense.

In this the Chair is deepening the expertise of Corvers Commercial and Legal Affairs,  a leading legal consultancy firm in the Benelux area, specialized in European public procurement law, innovation, IPR and contracting.