Patenting trends in renewable energy

“From 2002 to 2012, a decade in which innovation was being promoted in the renewables sector, the number of patent applications published under the Patent Cooperation Treaty for renewables increased by 547 percent. Although this figure has declined, in 2019, it was still 3.5 times higher than in 2002”, James Nurton explains looking at what we can learn about the renewable energies sector in terms of worldwide technology trends in the number of published PCT applications.

By James Nurton, freelance writer (Read the full article PDF)

Elaphe:  driving the development of electric vehicles

“Elaphe has used the PCT extensively and for several reasons.  The process is simple and provides a search report, which can supplement our own research on the state of the art.  In a dynamic environment where new innovation is born every day, the timeframe of the PCT process gives us a certain freedom to delay strategic decisions until such time as the market and product information is clearer and the economic benefit of pursuing a patent is easier to evaluate,” Mr. Gotovac explains.

By Catherine Jewell, Communications Division, WIPO (Read the full article PDF)

ARIPO’s drive to strengthen Africa’s innovation ecosystem

“While significant progress has been made, there is still a great deal to be done. Africa’s pool of IP professionals remains small and falls well short of what the continent needs if it is to harness Africa’s potential for innovation. In 2016, according to WIPO, IP offices located in Africa received a fraction – just 0.5 percent – of the 3.1 million patent applications filed around the world”, states the article.  “The general lack of IP awareness in Africa explains the low percentage of international applications filed under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the low uptake of IP support services offered by national IP offices and ARIPO,” explains Mr. Fernando dos Santos, Director General, ARIPO.

By Susan Mwiti, African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Harare, Zimbabwe (Read the full article PDF)


China Drives International Patent Applications to Record Heights; Demand Rising for Trademark and Industrial Design Protection

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