In many technology areas, standards determine the direction technology will take in the coming decades.

dr.ir. Rudi Bekkers, employee

Standards a very strategic topic for many firms.

Many name is Rudi Bekkers and I’m an assistant professor at the TU/e, as well as senior researcher at a research firm called Dialogic Innovatie & Interactie in Utrecht. My work and my interests do largely coincide. I love (good) technology and I love travelling around the globe, and doing research in standards and patents allows you exactly to do this. So you might find me in NYC, Washington, California, Tokyo, or maybe in Pisa or Valencia.  Working with colleagues, doing conferences, or talking with companies. Next to my work, I play music in an Irish folk / punk group and spend my time doing activities with my kids and friends.

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Patents and standards
The central topic in this research is standards. In many technology areas, standards determine the direction technology will take in the coming decades. This makes standards a very strategic topic for many firms, especially firms that hope to create or influence the standards, or otherwise benefit from them. In this area, patents are a key strategic instrument. Research on standards and patents is conduct studies for, among others, the European Commission, the American National Academies of Science, as well as various companies and standards bodies.