Patents and Clean Energy: Bridging the Gap between Evidence and Policy
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) are pleased to announce the release of their joint study on Patent and Clean Energy: Bridging the Gap between Evidence and Policy.
In April 2009, UNEP, EPO and ICTSD announced their agreement to undertake a joint study on the relationship between patents and the development and transfer of clean-energy technologies.
The study has yielded important insights, evidence and data which could lead to better-informed policy-making on this important subject. It includes the findings from a comprehensive mapping of clean energy technologies, a patent landscape for clean energy generation technologies and the first global survey of clean energy licensing practices.
A groundbreaking outcome of the study has been the creation by EPO of a new patent classification scheme for clean energies and a searchable database now available on the EPO’s patent information service (esp@cenet).
The new scheme will provide reliable and user-friendly patent information and thus help improve the transparency of the patent system in this sector.
The study is being launched on 30th September 2010 in Brussels and on 7th October 2010 in Tianjin at the UNFCCC climate change talks.
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