“Talk innovation” 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.
Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The global technology trends enabling the data-driven economy
Moderator: Francesco Zaccà, Principal Director in Mobility & Mechatronics, EPO
Guests: Yann Ménière, EPO Chief Economist, Norbert Wienold, patent examiner in ICT, databases and business methods
Yann Ménière, EPO Chief Economist joins Norbert Wienold, patent examiner in ICT, databases and business methods to discuss the latest economic study on the patent trends for technologies which enable our data-driven economy. “Data is the new oil” – whoever has the most data has the most wealth and power! The study reveals that the growth in patents for e.g. smart, connected devices, combined with 5G and AI, is running at five times the rate for other technical fields. So-called “4IR” technologies now comprise 11% of all patent applications to the EPO, and could be contributing over €2.2 trillion to the EU’s GDP by the end of this decade. The impact of these disruptive technologies on industry, our economies and our lives will be enormous and, as our experts explain, some countries are advancing more than others.
Inventors Revisited: Blood, the book of life
Moderator: Fernando Tiberini
Guest: Oliver Hayden, Director, TranslaTUM
Blood tells a story and if you could read it, you would know how healthy a person is. Oliver Hayden has spent his career leading ground-breaking research into blood analysis and is driving accurate diagnoses in diseases ranging from malaria to the coronavirus. The former European Inventor Award winner also provides a glimpse of his work at the Technical University of Munich.
Valorisation of scientific results – patent commercialisation scoreboard: European universities and PROs
Moderator: Jeremy Philpott, communications manager, EPO
Guests: Ilja Rudyk, EPO senior economist and Thomas Bereuter, EPO innovation support manager
Ilja Rudyk, EPO senior economist joins Thomas Bereuter, innovation support manager at the European Patent Academy, to discuss their latest scoreboard on patent commercialisation by universities and public research organisations (PROs). The scoreboard reveals the routes to market for inventions developed in universities and PROs – whether through patent licensing or sales, collaborations with industry (locally or cross-border) or by founding start-ups and spin-outs. The barriers to commercialisation differ widely across Europe. This scoreboard follows the one published in 2019 concerning SMEs.
António Campinos reflects on 2020
Moderator: James Nurton, IP journalist
Guest: António Campinos, EPO President
What impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on the EPO? How has productivity been affected? Will video conferences fix the backlog of cases? Is the Strategic Plan 2023 still relevant? What does the New Normal mean? And when will we see AI patent examination? EPO President António Campinos answers to these and more questions in this podcast.
Patents in progress: Thinking outside the box - Packaging technologies
Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO
Guest: Timea Garlati, examiner EPO
Whether you consider food and drink, medicines, cosmetics or Christmas trees, packaging technologies tend to be crucial in allowing us to take products home for instant use without a second thought. Join Timea Garlati for more on the challenges involved in making this possible and how the latest advances in convenient packaging are also helping to preserve the environment.
Inventors Revisited: Re-awakening the city that fell asleep
Moderator: Fernando Tiberini
Guest: Thomas Tuschl, Professor of Biochemistry, Rockefeller University
New York is the city that never sleeps but the coronavirus pandemic forced the it into hibernation. Resident and world-leading biochemist Thomas Tuschl has taken up the fight, exploring potential new treatments. The European Inventor Award finalist is also pushing boundaries that may lead to solutions for autoimmune diseases.