IRI Presents 2009 Holland Award for Article on Intellectual Property Management Through Visualization


Toronto, October 28, 2009 - The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) announced yesterday the recipients of the 2009 Holland Award at the IRI Member Summit in Toronto. The award, given to the authors of the best paper published during the previous year in IRI’s journal, Research-Technology Management (RTM), was presented to Paul B. Germeraad and Ronald P. Taylor for their paper “Visualize Your Intellectual Property,” which ran in the July-August 2008 issue.

Germeraad and Taylor’s article encourages R&D managers to construct visualizations of their company’s intellectual property through charts and graphs, and to develop a comprehensive interpretation of their significance. They argue that these practices are the best   way to manage IP, communicate other alternatives to decision makers within their organization and maximize the impact of their R&D investments.

“The twelve constructs that Germeraad and Taylor identified to best represent the productive and proactive management of IP exemplify the actionable learning that IRI’s members are turning into best practices in R&D,” said Ed Bernstein, president of IRI.

RTM, IRI’s peer-reviewed, bi-monthly journal, contains practitioner-oriented articles covering all aspects of technology management for industry leaders.

“The techniques outlined in Germeraad and Taylor’s paper are important enablers of  better decision making,” said James Euchner, RTM editor-in-chief. “Managing intellectual property proactively is critical in today’s business environment.”

About the Holland Award

The Holland Award is named after IRI’s founder, Maurice Holland, and was established in his honor in 1982. The Board of Editors of RTM selects the award-winning paper, which must have demonstrate the following: 

• significance to the field of R&D, technology and innovation management;
• originality of new management concepts; and
• excellence in clarity of presentation.