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Sustainable innovation dialogue: Exploring the relationship between IP and climate change innovation

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Register today for this half-day interactive program that will bring together a diverse group of intellectual property (IP) stakeholders and government officials to engage in wide-ranging discussions on incentivizing, protecting, and commercializing climate-related innovations.

The program will feature leaders of the world’s five largest IP offices—the IP5—as well as representatives from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), industry, and the local Hawaiian innovation community. It will include sessions on:

  • Perspectives on climate change from the IP5 offices, an in-depth discussion of the IP5 offices’ initiatives to encourage patent filings in climate technologies, streamline examination, and undertake eco-friendly efforts, such as paperless filing and energy efficiency.
  • Perspectives on bringing climate-related innovation to market, where representatives of industry, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and local start-ups describe what it takes to bring climate change technologies from research to the marketplace.
  • Perspectives on the challenges in climate-related innovation, a discussion of IP-related challenges faced by underrepresented groups and the specific needs of SMEs and startups in this space.

Scheduled presenters include:

  • Mr. Antonio Campinos, President of the European Patent Office
  • Mr. Hamano Koichi, Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office
  • Dr. Lee Insil, Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office
  • Dr. Shen Changyu, Commissioner of the China National Intellectual Property Administration
  • Ms. Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

This public program immediately precedes the 16th annual meeting of the IP5 Heads of Office, which is being hosted by the USPTO in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 14. The IP5 offices—the European Patent Office, the Japan Patent Office, the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the China National IP Administration, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)—are the five largest patent offices in the world. The theme for this year’s IP5 Heads of Office meeting is “Addressing climate change through an accessible and inclusive IP system,” with a focus on the importance of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

This in-person program will also be live-streamed. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Due to space limitations, early registration for in-person attendance in Honolulu is recommended.

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