This course is about intellectual property management for companies in the software industry. Our special focus is on IP due diligence for software companies and we show a detailed view of the activities conducted in IP due diligence. More lectures will be added over time.
Dr. Karl Popp is director of mergers and acquisitions in the corporate development team at SAP AG, one of the largest software companies in the world, responsible for holistic analysis of acquisition opportunities and post merger integration.
Before working on M&A, Karl has managed all OEM and Resell partnerships for SAP NetWeaver, SAP´s technology platform. In this function he managed the evaluation of several dozen OEM and Resell suppliers, the contracts and the continuous improvements in processes for supplier management.
In addition, Karl continuously researches in the field of business process and business modeling for the software industry.
His current research interest is on structures of the software industry, esp. ecosystems of companies, management of ecosystems and business models for partnerships between software vendors. He also researches IP Management and supply chains in the software in industry as chains of OEM relationships.
He is a long time member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IEEE and was appointed SAP Ventures fellow in 2007 and SAP Ventures MVP in 2008. He also is a long time member of Gesellschaft für Informatik (german association for computer science).