The CIPnet activities have been designed based on an analysis exercise that underlines a general lack of know-how for establishing and implementing clear-cut strategies for the protection and exploitation of research results. CIPnet will tackle the identified problems and carry out activities to improve the situation at different levels:
At Higher Education strategic level there is a need for institutional change based on knowledge sharing and standard IP management strategies leading to standard procedures on the protection of IP results at institutional level. A networking approach fostering the enrolment of other HEIs in China out of the consortium is also needed. The involvement of governmental bodies as associate partners will also be promoted.
At operational level, enhancement of staff from TT/IP Offices, university researchers and students and the guidance for setting up a National Higher Education Intellectual Property Network (CIPnet) is considered essential for promoting a change in this area.