Patents paving the way to a more sustainable future

New EPO Highlight Report links patent knowledge initiatives to the UN SDGs

Discover the power of patent knowledge! If you want to know more about how innovation supports the global agenda for a more sustainable future, we have just the thing for you. The EPO has released an exciting Highlight Report linking 20 of the EPO patent knowledge initiatives to seven of the highly influential UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The aim? To highlight the role of patenting in paving the way to a more sustainable future, in order to inspire and empower our users to tackle sustainability challenges. Inside, you'll find specific examples of how patent knowledge promotes innovation as a force for good, enabling solutions to humanity's greatest challenges. 

Some of the examples in the report are EPO platforms such as the Fighting coronavirus platform and the Clean energy platform, which contribute to SDG 3 - Good health and well-being and SDG 7 - Affordable and clean energy, respectively. Our platforms utilise patent knowledge and make it readily available to our users via ready-made searches that can be input into Espacenet to support ongoing research or potentially spark new ideas. 

Other examples include some of the latest patent insight reports, such as the one on innovation trends in electrolysers for hydrogen productionInnovation trends in electrolysers for hydrogen production contributing to SDG 7 - Affordable and clean energy, and those on quantum computing, cosmonautics, quantum technologies and space, and space-borne sensing and green applications,Quantum technologies and spaceSpace-borne sensing and green applications contributing to SDG 9 - Innovation, industry and infrastructure. Our patent insight reports use patent knowledge to analyse trends in up-and-coming industries in order to provide insights into potentially transformative technologies.

Additionally, several studies from our Chief Economist Unit are also featured in the report, aiming to provide high-level expertise and analysis on innovation-related topics. The latest examples include the study on women's participation in inventive activity, the study on hydrogen patents, the joint study with the EUIPO on IPR-intensive industries, the joint study with the EIB on deep tech innovation, and the study on the future of plastics. These studies contribute to SDG 5 - Gender equality, SDG 7 - Affordable and clean energy, SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth, SDG 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure, and SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production, respectively. For more details, visit our Economic studies webpage.

Curious to know more? Read our related Patent Knowledge News articles about these initiatives to gain an insider's perspective on how they were achieved (see links below). 


Keywords: Patent insight report, UN Sustainable Development Goals, UN SDGs, Economic studies