Donal O’Connell

Donal is the Managing Director of Chawton Innovation Services. His company offers consultancy in the areas of innovation and intellectual property management, helping clients to appreciate their intellectual capital, assets and property, and to ensure that they manage these intangibles in an efficient and effective manner.

In the past few years, Donal’s client base has included some leading Universities, some global IP service providers, some major IP Firms, a global telecoms company, a global agrochemical company, a maritime technology company, a compliance firm, some global chemical companies, a global food and beverages company, a global heavy engineering company, a major cloud computing company, a regional consumer electronics company, one of the big four financial services companies plus a variety of SMEs.

Projects have included IP process development, IP auditing, IP strategy development and implementation, benchmarking across a variety of IP topics, external IP Agent management, research into NPEs, the outsourcing and off-shoring of various IP tasks, IP data management system selection and deployment, auditing a company’s compliance as part of an M&A deal, IP risk mitigation, IP exploitation, helping ensure IP supported collaborative innovation initiatives, IP metric development, IP educating and training plus more..

Donal’s first book “Inside the Patent Factory” was published by Wiley & Sons in 2008. His second book “Harvesting External Innovation” was published by Gower Publishing in mid 2011. He is currently researching a third book on the subject of ‘buying and selling patents’.

Donal is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College, London, and teaches some electives there on ‘IP management’, ‘open innovation and the role of IP’ as well as ‘services innovation and IP’.

Donal’s Deep Dive:

Dissecting Open Innovation

This talk will provided a ‘deep dive’ into open innovation, providing a formal structured approach to help organisations ‘slice and dice’ open or collaborative forms of innovation. Examples of how different entities are embracing open innovation will be highlighted as there is no ‘one size fits all’. The role of Intellectual property and how it underpins open innovation will also be explored.


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