IP in practice

Undertaking of the procurement process in a way that stimulates suppliers to invest in developing better, innovative goods and services to meet the unmet needs and policy objectives of the sector, and/or ensuring the procurement process, enables new solutions to compete on a level playing with established goods and services.

IP is an effective way to boost innovation from the demand-side.

IP is an efficient way to procure transnational common unmet needs.

Procurers must become part of the innovation cycle by creating capacity in pro-innovation procurement.

IP prevents usual practices that may constitute barriers to innovation, such as:

  • Too much emphasis on price
  • Variants no allowed
  • Too prescriptive specifications
  • General lack of demand for innovation
  • Poor management of risk
  • Inadequate management of intellectual property rights


ICLEI, “Guidance for public authorities on Public Procurement of Innovation”

OECD, “Tackling Policy Challenges Through Public Sector Innovation. A Strategic Portfolio Approach”

OECD, “Anticipatory innovation governance. Shaping the future through proactive policy making”

OECD, “Public Sector Innovation Facets. Adaptative Innovation”

CORVERS, “Guide on Public Procurement of Open Data-driven innovation”

Brataas, Gunnar & Hanssen, Geir & Qiu, Xinlu & Græslie, Lisa, “Requirements Engineering in the Market Dialogue Phase of Public Procurement: A Case Study of an Innovation Partnership for Medical Technology.”



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