Dr. Knut Blind studied economics, political science and psychology at Freiburg University. In the course of his studies he spent one year at Brock University (Canada), where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts. Finally, he took his Diploma in Economics and later his doctoral degree at Freiburg University. Since 1996, he has been with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany, as a senior researcher. In April 2006, Knut was appointed professor of Innovation Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Management at the Berlin University of Technology and head of the Competence Center "Regulation and Innovation" of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems. Also, since May 2008, he has held the endowed chair of standardization at the Rotterdam School of Management of the Erasmus University. Besides numerous articles on standardization, he has published further contributions on intellectual property rights and further innovation aspects in refereed journals.