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Talk innovation: unlocking technology

Talk innovation: unlocking technology

By European Patent Office

“Talk innovation: unlocking technology” is brought to you by the European Patent Office (EPO). Expert presenters and guests – including our patent examiners - provide their perspective on technology trends and highlight ground-breaking inventions. Join us to learn more on the role of patents and the intellectual property (IP) system in supporting society and the economy.

Opinions expressed by podcast participants are their own and may not reflect the views of the EPO.

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Talk innovation: unlocking technologyMar 30, 2021

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Green mobility on the move

Green mobility on the move

Technology can kick green mobility into higher gear but you, as an individual, can also make a move! Learn what it takes and get on board with Ben Brown and Ciara Doyle from Going Green Media and EPO patent examiner Haider Al-Taie. Along the way you will learn about the latest trends in transportation, the challenges in the road ahead and about the important impact you can make with sustainable commuting. Let's drive into a greener future together!

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Video games: more than just play
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Disrupting production - how additive manufacturing is changing our world
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Robotics exoskeletons for kids: more than a medical device

Robotics exoskeletons for kids: more than a medical device

Elena García Armada invented a robotic exoskeleton for children who use wheelchairs, vastly improving their rehabilitation. However, going from lab to market was no mean feat. The Spanish robotics expert had to navigate clinical testing, impress investors, learn about intellectual property and attract world-class engineers to work on her ambitious project. But seeing smiles on the faces of young patients who walk for the very first time have made the journey worthwhile. This episode is part of the Inspiring Inventors series, which looks at ground-breaking technologies and the people behind them. 

Moderator: Edward Cooke, Patent examiner, European Patent Office 

Guest: Elena García Armada, Co-founder and CEO, Marsi Bionics 

More about Elena García Armada: https://new.epo.org/en/news-events/european-inventor-award/meet-the-finalists/elena-garcia-armada


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“You are a wonder”: How stem cell donations save lives

“You are a wonder”: How stem cell donations save lives

A simple cheek swab could begin a new lease on life for patients with leukaemia. Stem cell typing is the first step in matching patients with donors. Join us to learn about typing from donors, people who've conquered a blood cancer, a biotechnology expert and a PR manager at an NGO that recruits donors and supports patients. We'll also provide details on an up-coming stem cell typing drive in Munich and The Hague, one of the ways we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the European Patent Convention this year.

Moderator: Sabine Lunau, EPO Communications manager

Guests:

Aliki Nichogiannopolou, EPO Director: DNA, peptide and cell biotechnology

Andreas Böhm-Pélissier, member of an EPO Boards of Appeal

Jennifer Andersen, DKMS, Public relations manager


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A proprietary platform to fight cancer: a technology transfer case study
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New energy landscapes
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The revolution in smart health
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Earth observation for a greener planet
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Patenting trends in hydrogen innovation
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Women in tech: the road to gender equality
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Creating an innovation culture around results

Creating an innovation culture around results

Innovation can fail in the gap between public research funding and private investment taking over, often termed the Valley of Death. But innovation culture also has a key role to play. 

Services offered by the European Innovation Council and the EPO’s network of over 320 PATLIB centres spread across Europe can help entrepreneurs cross the valley safely and thrive. 

Join Tom Withnell (EPO), Francesco Matteucci (Programme Manager, EIC) and Roberto Santolamazza (Managing Director,t2i PATLIB Centre, Italy) as they discuss these topics.

Patent information centres (PATLIB): https://www.epo.org/searching-for-patents/helpful-resources/patlib.html

European Innovation Council: https://eic.ec.europa.eu/index_en

European Innovation Council 2023 work programme: https://eic.ec.europa.eu/eic-2023-work-programme_en

Dec 13, 202219:38
Differentiating collaboration, convergence and cohesion (Research into patents)

Differentiating collaboration, convergence and cohesion (Research into patents)

Do we have knowledge cohesion across Europe? How does it differ from convergence? There is vast research on cohesion policy in Europe which still has to be developed on the grounds of measurement and the links between convergence and cohesion. In this podcast, Semih Akçomak tells us how to use patent collaboration and EU Framework Project collaboration data to analyse knowledge convergence and cohesion.

This episode is moderated by Catalina Martínez García, senior researcher in the Institute of Public Goods and Policies at the Spanish National Research Council.

Download full research project report: https://www.epo.org/learning/materials/academic-research-programme/research-project-grants.html

Nov 15, 202216:41
Inspiring inventors: Carmen Hijosa
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How intellectual property (IP) rights create jobs and prosperity in the EU
Oct 18, 202218:28
 Understanding the business value of SMEs' patent portfolio (Research into patents)

Understanding the business value of SMEs' patent portfolio (Research into patents)

How credible are innovative business proposals? How likely are investors to fund start-ups and SMEs? Patents are fundamental to protect technologies, but they are also a useful signalling tool. In this podcast, Alberto Di Minin, Professor at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, tells us how patents can bridge the gap between investors and enterprises. According to a joint Scuola Sant’Anna and Centro Nazionale Ricerche study, business proposals coming from companies with a patent portfolio consistent with the type of activities that they seek financial support for are more likely to get funded.

This episode is moderated by Catalina Martínez García, senior researcher in the Institute of Public Goods and Policies at the Spanish National Research Council.

Download full research project report: https://www.epo.org/learning/materials/academic-research-programme/research-project-grants.html

Oct 04, 202216:20
Patents as loan collateral (Research into patents)

Patents as loan collateral (Research into patents)

Funding constraints are often a barrier to innovation, but patents can help raise funding when used as collateral. In this podcast Dirk Czarnitzki, professor in the Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation at the KU Leuven in Belgium and Felix Bracht, doctoral researcher, will discuss patent characteristics relevant in loan negotiations and estimate the level of debt firms can rise by pledging patents.

This episode is moderated by Catalina Martínez García, senior researcher in the Institute of Public Goods and Policies at the Spanish National Research Council.

Download full research project report: https://www.epo.org/learning/materials/academic-research-programme/research-project-grants.html

Sep 20, 202216:35
Towards a concordance map: from patents to trade marks (Research into patents)

Towards a concordance map: from patents to trade marks (Research into patents)

Connecting patents and trademarks can help track the diffusion of patented inventions into the market, reveal the commercialization capabilities of patenting firms and capture market specializations related to specific technologies. In this podcast Carolina Castaldi, professor of Geography of Innovation at the University of Utrecht, will delve into the process to tell you more about how researchers, policymakers and innovators can make the most out of patent and trademark concordance tables. This episode is moderated by Catalina Martínez García, senior researcher in the Institute of Public Goods and Policies at the Spanish National Research Council. 

Carolina Castaldi received the European Patent Office's Academic Research Programme grant in 2019. 

More about the Academic Research Programme: https://www.epo.org/learning/materials/academic-research-programme.html

More about Carolina Castaldi's project: https://www.epo.org/learning/materials/academic-research-programme/research-project-grants.html




Sep 06, 202215:43
Approaching the deal (IP as key commercial asset)

Approaching the deal (IP as key commercial asset)

So, you’ve protected your IP and have found a company or investor who is interested in the next stage of the commercialisation journey.  Now you need to strike a deal. What are your essential considerations? How might the negotiations go? It can seem daunting but in this podcast  Christophe Haunold, a knowledge and technology transfer professional, University of Luxembourg PaKTT office head, and ASTP President, will provide useful advice.

Moderated by Alison Campbell, CEO of the United Kingdom Government Office for Tech Transfer.

This is the sixth episode in the series "Intellectual property (IP) as key commercial asset: the essentials".

How could you turn your ideas and creativity into profit? More specifically, how could you commercialise patents and other intellectual property (IP) to grow your business? This podcast series help inventors, researchers, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the potential of IP take their first steps in the business world. IP experts from all over Europe will share their inspirational stories, know-how and strategies that can help you turn your idea into a business.

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Approaching the market (IP as key commercial asset)

Approaching the market (IP as key commercial asset)

Protecting your IP is a very important milestone, but it is only the starting point. So how do you begin the commercialisation journey? In this podcast you’ll learn about timing, identifying the market and customer’s needs, and finding support that can help you move your IP forward - all factors crucial for success.

In this podcast Marta Catarino, Head of Knowledge Transfer and Innovation at B.acis: Centre for Health Innovations at the School of Medicine at the University of Minho in Portugal helps you understand this landscape. Moderated by Alison Campbell, CEO of the United Kingdom Government Office for Tech Transfer.

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How could you turn your ideas and creativity into profit? More specifically, how could you commercialise patents and other intellectual property (IP) to grow your business? This podcast series help inventors, researchers, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the potential of IP take their first steps in the business world. IP experts from all over Europe will share their inspirational stories, know-how and strategies that can help you turn your idea into a business.

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Protecting IP assets: types and scope (IP as key commercial asset)

Protecting IP assets: types and scope (IP as key commercial asset)

Understanding the different types of intellectual property rights and their implications is key to knowing what’s right for you and your business and also when and why. But it requires a great deal of expertise, product and market knowledge and strategic thinking mostly mastered by professionals.  In this podcast Rut Herbjörnsen, European and Swedish patent attorney, will tell you more about the role of a patent attorney who can provide you with excellent advice on IP types, help you define the assets you want to protect and become a valuable business partner. Moderated by Alison Campbell, CEO of the United Kingdom Government Office for Tech Transfer.

This is the fourth episode in the series "Intellectual property (IP) as key commercial asset: the essentials".

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Free advice to get you started (IP as key commercial asset)

Free advice to get you started (IP as key commercial asset)

Before seeking IP protection, it is critical to understand the landscape and potential scope of your rights. New entrepreneurs often ask, “Where do I start?”. In this podcast we will discuss incredibly useful free resource: the PATLIB network. PATLIBS can help innovators at the early stages of their IP journey by offering guidance, practical help and a wealth of useful connections. 

Alison Campbell, CEO of the United Kingdom Government Office for Tech Transfer, talks with Riccardo Priore, a patent analyst and IP consultant at the PATLIB of the Area Science Park in Trieste, Italy.

This is the third episode is a new series - "Intellectual property (IP) as key commercial asset: the essentials".

How could you turn your ideas and creativity into profit? More specifically, how could you commercialise patents and other intellectual property (IP) to grow your business? This podcast series help inventors, researchers, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the potential of IP take their first steps in the business world. IP experts from all over Europe will share their inspirational stories, know-how and strategies that can help you turn your idea into a business.

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Inspiring inventors: Pete and Ben Kibel
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The art of defining the scope of your idea (IP as key commercial asset)

The art of defining the scope of your idea (IP as key commercial asset)

Getting the scope of your intellectual property right  at an early stage and aligning it with your business is crucial. But how do you go about it? In this podcast, our guest Antonio López will guide you through some of the critical points you should check before investing in any form of IP. We will discuss why analysing what others have worked out before you will help you learn about what you can protect, where to find this valuable information, and how you could use it to find alternatives and avoid unpleasant surprises later in the process.

Alison Campbell, CEO of the United Kingdom Government Office for Tech Transfer, talks with Antonio López, a senior patent expert with Telefonica. 

This is the second episode is a new series - "Intellectual property (IP) as key commercial asset: the essentials".

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Deep tech innovation in the EU and US
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Building on intellectual property to create a business: a real case

Building on intellectual property to create a business: a real case

When it comes to commercialising your technology, integrating intellectual property or IP,  into your business strategy can be a game-changer. IP can become an asset and essential marketing tool because it demonstrates credibility, sends a strong message about your market space and can help attract partners and investors. This podcast highlights how investing in IP at the right time can open many doors. Alison Campbell, CEO of the United Kingdom Government Office for Tech Transfer, talks to Maija Itkonen, serial entrepreneur, founder of the company Gold & Green. The company developed an entirely new plant-based protein and brought a range of new food products to the market.

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How could you turn your ideas and creativity into profit? More specifically, how could you commercialise patents and other intellectual property (IP) to grow your business? This podcast series help inventors, researchers, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the potential of IP take their first steps in the business world. IP experts from all over Europe will share their inspirational stories, know-how and strategies that can help you turn your idea into a business.

Find out in our new series!

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How can technology reverse climate change? Icelandic innovators are collaborating worldwide and using their geological know-how to tackle humankind’s greatest challenge. Intellectual property attorney María Kristjánsdóttir (LEX / GH Sigurgeirsson IP) and Bergur Sigfússon (head of CO2 capture and injection, CarbFix) discuss carbon capture and how IP can facilitate planet-saving partnerships.

Nov 02, 202128:46
Patents for tomorrow’s plastics

Patents for tomorrow’s plastics

The rate at which plastics are produced (about 50 million tonnes per year) is outpacing our ability to manage the resulting waste. New technologies will help us all to better reduce, reuse and recycle plastics. Patent examiners Wibke Meiser and Maxime Dossin are two of the co-authors of the EPO’s latest study that reveals the innovation trends in chemical and biological recycling, as well as the growth in research into plastics that can self-repair and are easier to recycle. In this podcast they share their detailed knowledge of these booming technologies and interpret the statistics and trends in global innovation as measured through international patent filings. The episode is moderated by Jeremy Philpott, Communications Manager, EPO.


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The determination to heal wounds: a technology transfer case study
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Inventing a way out of climate change (European Inventor Award)
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Textiles for the extreme: a technology transfer case study
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