Climate Change Technologies Growing

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Recently, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published a joint study showing that inventions in climate change have seen a fivefold increase between 1995 and 2011. The study also establishes Europe as a leading region for low-carbon inventions.

„Climate change is one of today’s truly global challenges, affecting all aspects of socio-economic development in every region of the world,“ Achim Steiner states, Under Secretary General of the United Nations. „This report provides a clear and comprehensive picture of the contribution of Europe to CCMT development and dissemination. It is hoped that this wealth of data can provide useful input for a constructive policy debate on technology.“

EPO President Benoit Battistelli continues, „New technologies are urgently needed to tackle the global challenge of climate change. The report shows that in combination with clear legislation and policies to promote climate-change mitigation technologies, the patent system can support research, development and innovation in this field, as well as boosting trade and investment flows, and the transfer of these new technologies to other regions.“

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hello everyone and Happy Friday! Take a look at the latest in foreign filing news for the past week:

  • In Bowman v. Monsanto Co., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an Indiana farmer violated the principles of patent law.
  • Throughout 2012, China made great improvements in IP enforcement and corporate management.
  • A new study published this week by the EPO-UNEP found an untapped potential for Clean Energy Technologies in Africa.
  • inovia news: Jeff Shieh, one of our Senior Patent Attorneys, looks at the growing demand for global patent protection.

Thanks for checking in this week! For more in patent related news, be sure to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP.