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Talk innovation - the EPO podcast

By European Patent Office
“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.

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The key to longer, healthier lives? (European Inventor Award)
Thanks to Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, scientists now have a precise method to grow heart, lung, skeletal and vascular tissue for transplants, disease modelling, or drug testing. The Popular Prize winner at the European Inventor Award 2021 spoke to IP journalist James Nurton about her career, mentoring students, and advancements in tissue engineering. Read more about Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
November 16, 2021
Rock CO2, roll back climate change
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.
November 2, 2021
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.
October 26, 2021
The determination to heal wounds: a technology transfer case study
This is the remarkable story of how four female researchers from a Turkish university laboratory secured market success for their new product to treat chronic wounds. It is told by Evren, one of the researchers and a co-founder of the spin-off company Dermis Pharma, and Mustafa, the university’s commercialisation manager. They reveal how a collaborative approach to commercialising patented technology can overcome unforeseen setbacks. The podcast is one of several based on the inspiring technology transfer case studies that the EPO published in summer 2021.
October 19, 2021
Inventing a way out of climate change (European Inventor Award)
Henrik Lindström and Giovanni Fili pioneered a new type of solar cell that can even harvest electricity indoors. Their invention enables self-charging devices and highlights the role of technology in combatting climate change. For their work, the Swedish innovators received the European Inventor Award in the Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) category in 2021. IP journalist James Nurton moderates this episode. Read more about Henrik Lindström and Giovanni Fili 
September 30, 2021
The light behind billions of smartphones (European Inventor Award)
Physicist Karl Leo tells us how his doped OLEDs transformed electronics and could contribute towards a more sustainable future. He also offers inspiring advice to young innovators and provides a fascinating look at his career. Leo won the European Inventor Award in Lifetime achievement in 2021. This episode is moderated by James Nurton.  Read more about Karl Leo
September 21, 2021
Oral proceedings by videoconference (European Patent Bar)
Moderator: Rachel Free, Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in London, UK Guests: Matteo Maccagnan, Partner at Studio Torta S.p.A. in Bologna, Italy and Minna Alarcon, Senior Patent Counsel at Henkel AG in Düsseldorf, Germany Meeting virtually for an after-work chat in the European Patent Bar, three patent attorneys discuss their experiences of oral proceedings in opposition by videoconference (VICO) at the EPO. A lot has changed in the last year as the EPO’s pilot project has grown, with 2125 oppositions heard via VICO in the first half of 2021. Changes have been made to the technical platforms and legal frameworks to maintain transparency and access to justice despite the pandemic. The EPO’s current user consultation (until 30 September) provokes debate about what has gone well, and would could be the future of oral proceedings by VICO at the EPO. Have your say!
September 14, 2021
Nominate a genius (European Inventor Award)
Moderator: James Nurton, IP journalist Guests: Marjorie Chopinaud and Miguel Angel Ruiz Ferrer, EPO Nominations are open for the European Inventor Award 2022 and both the public and inventors may want to learn how to submit a proposal for Europe’s foremost innovation prize. In this episode, listeners will go behind the scenes with two EPO patent examiners as they discuss the nomination process, highlight eligibility criteria, and provide insight into the new Young Inventors prize. Read more
September 7, 2021
Improving quality of life: a technology transfer case study
Moderator: Stephanie Weber, Communication Manager, European IP Helpdesk Guests: Brian Caulfield, Inventor and Professor of Physiotherapy, University College Dublin; Ciaran O’Beirne, Head of Knowledge Transfer, University College Dublin Stress-induced urinary incontinence affects almost 400 million people worldwide. A novel device to treat this condition through electro-stimulation of muscles was developed by researchers at University College Dublin (UCD) and Bio Medical Research (BMR) in Ireland. Brian and Ciaran explain the technology behind the invention and how the university’s technology transfer office enabled the collaboration, paving the way to market success. This podcast is one of a series based upon technology transfer case studies published by the EPO in the summer of 2021. Read more
July 27, 2021
Textiles for the extreme: a technology transfer case study
Moderator: Stephanie Weber, Communication Manager, European IP Helpdesk Guests: Andreas Martsman, co-founder and VP Marketing & Sales at Oxeon, Caroline Pamp, IP professional, Legal advisor of Oxeon Following research at the Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), the start-up company Oxeon was founded in 2003 to commercialise an innovative textile production process. The resulting materials have exceptional performance in e.g. sporting, industrial and aerospace applications – even featuring in the robotic helicopter “Ingenuity” recently deployed on Mars. Andreas and Caroline are interviewed by Stephanie about the extraordinary journey for this award-winning company and its materials, requiring a special blend of business planning, IP strategy and creativity. This podcast is one of a series based upon technology transfer case studies published by the EPO in the summer of 2021. Read more
July 20, 2021
European Inventor Award: A billion smiles thanks to nanotechnology
Moderator: James Nurton, IP journalist Guest: Sumita Mitra, European Inventor Award 2021 winner, Non-EPO countries Description: This pioneering inventor was the first to successfully use nanotechnology to create dental fillings. Despite their minute size, nanoparticles create many challenges for scientists. In this episode, Sumita Mitra tells us how she overcame these obstacles to develop a filling used in over 1 billion dental restorations worldwide. Read more
July 13, 2021
European Inventor Award 2021: the future of DNA-based data storage
Moderator: James Nurton, IP journalist Guests: Robert N. Grass and Wendelin Stark, European Inventor Award 2021 winners, Research By encoding digital data on to DNA strands and encapsulating them within protective glass particles, the inventors developed an error-proof method to store data for millennia. But archival use is just the tip of the iceberg: their robust technique can be used as a fingerprint to label products and ensure that specific indicators - for example, origin or working conditions - are traceable throughout the supply chain. Read more
July 6, 2021
European Inventor Award 2021: winds of change
Moderator: James Nurton, IP journalist Guest: Per Gisle Djupesland, European Inventor Award 2021 winner While sitting on an aeroplane, the Norwegian ENT specialist began to think about airflow when he had a game-changing idea. It led to a device that significantly improves nasal drug delivery, a company with a growing global footprint, and a European Inventor Award in the Industry category. Read more about Per Gisle Djupesland
June 23, 2021
Patents in Progress: Our robotic helpers
Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information, EPO Guest: Stéphane Lumineau, patent examiner, EPO Robots have often been portrayed in science fiction as posing a threat to humans. Today, robots and robotic manipulators are indispensable to industry, and increasingly used in services and domestic settings too. Meet Stéphane Lumineau to learn more about roboethics, the role of artificial intelligence in robot development and the degree to which robots can adopt a human touch.
June 8, 2021
Patents in Progress: Patents on display
Moderator: Susana Sánchez Barrio, European Patent Academy Guest: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information, EPO (retired) Emerging technologies are constantly reshaping our daily technospace and taking it to the next level. From the old bulky TV sets to the modern flatscreen displays, Nigel Clarke has witnessed many of these level upgrades firsthand! Join him to learn more about technological trends, how the information disclosed in patents can help you steer your invention onto the right track and why working at the EPO can be such a rewarding journey. Dive into patents:
June 1, 2021
Inventors Revisited: Space autonomy for Europe
Moderator: Abderrahim Moumen, director in patent examination, EPO Guest: Günter Hein, Chairman of the Executive Board, Munich Aerospace The Galileo satellite navigation system already provides world-leading accuracy and is only at the Initial Operational Capability stage, with 22 active satellites in orbit. In the years ahead, the system will be improved so that it can offer a full range of services. Gunter Hein, co-inventor of the radio signals, gives us a glimpse at the future and discusses the role of Galileo in ensuring autonomy for Europe.
May 25, 2021
Patents in Progress: How optics enlighten our lives
Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information, EPO Guest: Orla Feeney, patent examiner, EPO Scientists’ understanding of the properties and behaviour of light has hugely benefited our everyday lives. Meet Orla Feeny to learn how optics can help keep your finances safe, support you while driving and of course provide extraordinary views of a clear night sky!
May 18, 2021
The European Inventor Award: a peek behind the scenes
Moderator: James Nurton, IP journalist Guests: Helen Lee, CEO Diagnostics for the real world, European Inventor Award 2021 jury chair; Wolfgang Heckl, Director General Deutsches Museum The European Inventor Award celebrates creativity and honours those who are developing solutions to pressing global issues. In this episode, we speak to two jury members who provide unique insight into the selection process and discuss their unenviable task: choosing winners in a field of ingenious inventions.
May 12, 2021
Trends in low-carbon energy innovation
Moderator: Jeremy Philpott, Communications Manager, EPO Guests: Yann Ménière, Chief Economist at the EPO and Nick Johnstone, Chief Statistician at the International Energy Agency (IEA) The latest joint study from the EPO and IEA into low-carbon energy (LCE) technologies shows the urgent need for more innovation to respond to climate change. Many of the technologies we will need to meet carbon neutrality targets in the coming decades are still in development. The experts explain how “classic” green energy production technologies (wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric) have matured and LCE patenting activity in the last 3 years has been increasing at 3.3% p.a. – barely one quarter the rate seen a decade ago. Innovation is now seen in hydrogen, batteries, smart-grids and carbon capture. Electric vehicles are a particular driver for innovation. The study considered over 420,000 LCE international patent families from the last twenty years, revealing the very different specialisms in LCE technologies around the world.
April 27, 2021
E-driving towards a greener future
Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information, EPO Guest: Haider Al-Taie, Team Manager Electric Vehicles, EPO Electric transportation is key to cutting pollution and creating a greener world. Meet Haider Al-Taie to learn more about this rapidly evolving field and how advances in infrastructure and electric vehicles can take it to the next level!
April 20, 2021
Inventors Revisited: Guidance from above
Moderator: Abderrahim Moumen, director in examination, EPO Guest: José Ángel Ávila Rodríguez, GNSS Evolutions Signal and Security Principal Engineer, European Space Agency The novel coronavirus pandemic has presented several problems, not least of which is tracking the spread of a virus that cannot be seen by the naked eye. José Ángel Ávila Rodríguez, co-inventor of the radio signals in the Galileo satellite navigation system, provides insight into pandemic tracking and discusses the future of the world’s most accurate satellite network.
April 13, 2021
Inventors Revisited: Visionary inventors and entrepreneurs
Moderator: Regula von Eggelkraut-Gottanka, Team Manager Proteins and Analysis, EPO Guests: John Elvesjö and Mårten Skogö  John Elvesjö and Mårten Skogö are an intellectual property success story. Their patented eye-tracking technology helped them found garage start-up and grow it to a stock-exchange listed company. Today, they are venture capitalists who are guiding a new generation of companies to success.
April 6, 2021
Patent Index 2020: Trends in patent filings for digital technologies
Moderator: Jeremy Philpott, Communications Manager, EPO Guest: Norbert Wienold, EPO patent examiner in digital technologies and classification expert Digital technologies are on the rise – from 5G to AI to the “internet of things”. The fields of digital communications and computer technology comprised over 15% of all patent filings to the EPO last year according to our recently published Patent Index 2020. But which countries or companies are in the lead? And how are the trends changing as these technologies rapidly evolve and converge? Norbert and Jeremy explore and unravel the stories behind the numbers for the technologies driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution. See
March 30, 2021
Patent Index 2020: Trends in healthcare filings
Moderator: Jeremy Philpott, Communications Manager, EPO Guests: Elsie Cielen, pharmaceuticals expert, and Fredrik Aslund, biotechnology expert; Examiners’ Team Managers at the EPO Innovation in healthcare and life sciences is more important than ever before. The fields of medical technology, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology comprised over 16.7% of all patent filings to the EPO last year according to our recently published Patent Index 2020. But where has the boom in patent filings come from… and where will it take us in the future? Two experts share their insights into these fascinating technologies. See
March 23, 2021
Patent Index 2020
Moderator: Jeremy Philpott, Communications Manager, EPO Guests: Aidan Kendrick, Chief Business Analyst, EPO, and Yann Ménière, Chief Economist, EPO The EPO’s new Patent Index 2020 reports on the latest trends in patent filings to the EPO. Which companies were filing more, or fewer, patent applications, where were they from, and who was top of the rankings? What were the big technology trends last year? Which sectors are booming and which are declining in the face of the pandemic and its attendant economic impact? For sure 2020 has produced greater diversity in patent filing behaviour than ever predicted. It is a complex, even confusing picture, so to make sense of it all Aidan and Yann review and interpret the statistics which reveal the course of global innovation. See
March 16, 2021
Patents in Progress: More than just metalwork - the latest advances in welding
Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information, EPO Guest: Sonsoles Hernanz, patent examiner, EPO Advances in metal processing have given countless enterprises a decisive technological advantage ever since the emergence of the first Bronze Age civilisations. More recently, welding even entered the field of plastics. Sonsoles Hernanz has the latest, including on how virtual reality helps to train welders, and how welding enables new products to be created using solid-state metal joining.
March 9, 2021
Research into Patents: Following trajectories of green technology patents
Moderator: Rainer Osterwalder, Director, Communication, EPO Guest: Dr Önder Nomaler, Researcher at UNU-MERIT Tracing the development of a technology in patents can hold quite a number surprises, Önder Nomaler tells us in his podcast. His method: don’t just consider individual patents, but establish a technology’s trajectory by considering related references such as citations from other patents. You’ll find that many of the green technologies have a non-green - or brown -  origin, as he calls it. Seeing both sides offers a wider view on these technologies, too.
March 2, 2021
Research into Patents: Building bridges with IP Linked Open Data
Moderator: Rainer Osterwalder, Director, Communication, EPO Guest: Dolores Modic, Postdoktor, Nord University Business School Innovation and IP data are prototypical “big data” troves used by organisations for informed decision making and evidence-based policy development, Dolores Modic explains in her podcast. To facilitate this usage providers such as the EPO need to openly publish their data in a standardised machine-readable form on the Internet for enabling the sets to be interlinked. The IP Linked Open Data map builds bridges by connecting the EPO’s EP Linked Open Data with the Springer SCI Grass data and is available to the public. 
March 2, 2021
Oral proceedings by videoconference
Moderator: Gwilym Roberts, Partner at Kilburn & Strode LLP, London Guests: Cyra Nargolwalla, Partner at Passeraud IP, Paris and Dr Joachim Renken, Partner at Hoffmann Eitle, Munich In a lively debate three experienced patent attorneys critically assess “Opposition by VICO” at the EPO. Oral proceedings cannot be postponed indefinitely, despite the pandemic’s restrictions on travel and meetings. Since last summer the EPO has been transitioning to videoconferencing (VICO) for opposition hearings, adapting its technical platforms and legal frameworks to keep the wheels of justice turning. But what do patent attorneys think about the EPO’s VICOs services? What has gone well, and what do they suggest for improvements?
February 23, 2021
Research into Patents: Automotive patents reveal 4IR impact
Moderator: Rainer Osterwalder, Director, Communication, EPO Guest: Alessandra Perri, Associate Professor, Ca’ Foscari University While the accelerating ubiquity of digital technologies can be experienced almost universally, the automotive sector is particularly strongly affected by the 4th industrial revolution. Alessandra Perri presents a patent landscaping study that invites us to take a deeper look at this source of industrial turbulence, as she terms it, to better understand where the digital changes in cars come from, and who is driving them.
February 16, 2021
Research into Patents: FP7 - more patents than meet the eye
Moderator: Rainer Osterwalder, Director, Communication, EPO Guest: Professor Giuseppe Scellato, Politecnico di Turino In terms of patents generated by publicly funded research such as the EU’s FP7 programme is often difficult to assess. In this podcast, Giuseppe Scellato from the Politecnico Turin presents a method that helps to show how the programme activities translated into patents, providing policy makers with  a valuable tool to assess how their funding of academic research spurs innovation among the surrounding businesses.
February 16, 2021
Research into Patents: Drilling deeper on the standard-essentiality of SEPs
Moderator: Rainer Osterwalder, Director, Communication, EPO Guest: Professor Dietmar Harhoff, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition Technical standards are key to securing the interoperability of devices such as smart phones and computers, and are often claimed in standard-essential patents (SEPs). But how can be verified whether a patent really pertains to a technical standard as claimed? In his podcast Dietmar Harhoff proposes a method based on semantic analysis to shed some light on the standard-essentiality of patent portfolios.
February 16, 2021
Inventors Revisited: Conquering cancer with gene-based testing (part 2)
Moderator: Marjorie Chopinaud, Team Manager, EPO Guest: Laura van 't Veer, Co-founder and Chief Research Officer, Agendia Inventor, researcher, professor and businesswoman: Laura van 't Veer wears many hats. She invented a gene-based breast cancer test that helps doctors decide whether a patient needs to undergo chemotherapy. Since winning the European Inventor Award in 2015, Laura’s invention was part of a large clinical trial which showed that many patients can overcome cancer without the devastating effects of chemotherapy.
February 9, 2021
Inventors Revisited: Conquering cancer with gene-based testing (part 1)
Moderator: Marjorie Chopinaud, Team Manager, EPO  Guest: Laura van 't Veer, Co-founder and Chief Research Officer, Agendia Inventor, researcher, professor and businesswoman: Laura van 't Veer wears many hats. She invented a gene-based breast cancer test that helps doctors decide whether a patient needs to undergo chemotherapy. Since winning the European Inventor Award in 2015, Laura’s invention was part of a large clinical trial which showed that many patients can overcome cancer without the devastating effects of chemotherapy.
February 4, 2021
Patents in Progress: Audiovisual technologies - Tuning into the future
Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO Guest: Jens Horstmannshoff, examiner EPO From tape recorders to “streaming wars”, the pace of change in audiovisual technologies is accelerating. Meet Jens Horstmannshoff, whose work you’ve probably benefitted from unknowingly while watching your favourite TV series. Jens shares his views on 3D televisions, the new frontiers of streaming, and the role of technologies such as 5G in the next wave of digital transformation.
January 26, 2021
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.
January 19, 2021
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.
January 12, 2021
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.
December 22, 2020
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.
December 17, 2020
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.
December 8, 2020
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.
December 1, 2020
Patents in progress: Biopharma - The patent system meets traditional medicine
Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO Guest: Cécile Fayos, examiner EPO As personalised medicine takes off, Cécile Fayos talks about the role of ethics and the stories behind a selection of pharmaceutical blockbusters. Join Cécile to learn more about how the modern patent system dovetails with traditional medicine used for centuries.
November 24, 2020
Inventors Revisited: Inside the mind of an inventor
Moderator: Fernando Tiberini Guest: Elmar Mock, Inventor and entrepreneur There are few who think outside the box quite like Elmar Mock. There are also few who have been as prolific – Elmar is named as the inventor or co-inventor in 178 patent families and has worked on some 800 projects. But what makes the co-inventor of the famous Swatch tick? How does he approach the inventive process? Inventing, it seems, is not a straightforward process.
November 17, 2020
Patents in progress: Radiation diagnostics - Bare bones and beyond
Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO Guest: Pau Montes, examiner EPO Radiation diagnostics has come a long way after its accidental discovery in the late nineteenth century. Now routinely used in modern medicine, it once got a little help from the Beatles, whose record sales contributed to financing a major breakthrough in CT scanning. Meet Pau Montes to learn more about the fascinating evolution of the field and its working principles.
November 10, 2020
Trends in sustainable energy technologies: The global battery technology race
Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information, EPO Simon Bennett, energy technology analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), joins EPO patent examiners Giuliano Gregori and Stefano Meini to discuss the latest innovation trends in battery and electricity storage technologies. This is essential listening for anyone interested in hopeful responses to the urgent question of climate change and follows the publication of the first EPO-IEA joint study, which shows a rapid increase in electricity storage inventions over the last decade. After listening to the podcast, you may wish to continue exploring the findings of the EPO-IEA study, learn more about the IEA’s work on technology innovation, the IEA’s Tracking Clean Energy Progress report and Special Report on Clean Energy Innovation, or discover the roots of today’s innovation in the work of Japanese inventor, Nobel laureate and European Inventor Award winner Akira Yoshino.
November 5, 2020
Inventors Revisited: A minute change that makes a massive difference
Moderator: Fernando Tiberini Guest: Luke Alphey, Group Leader, Arthropod Genetics, The Pirbright Institute According to a World Health Organisation fact sheet, half of the world’s population is at risk of contracting dengue, a deadly mosquito-borne viral infection. Luke Alphey has spent two decades developing DNA-based solutions to slow the spread of disease. His current research looks at gene drives and techniques that could ensure beneficial traits are passed on in mosquitoes.
October 27, 2020
Patents in progress: Biotechnology - the quest to boost our immune systems
Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO Guest: Rob Chapman, examiner EPO The entire world population has rarely experienced a greater need for research into vaccines and antibodies than now. Meet Rob Chapman to learn about the latest advances in the quest to boost all our immune responses.
October 20, 2020
Inventors Revisited: From HIV to Covid-19 – the device that could change the world
Moderator: Fernando Tiberini Guest: Helen Lee, CEO, Diagnostics for the real world Helen Lee left a career in industry to work on an invention that would be a game-changer in treating viruses such as HIV. Her device won a 2016 European Inventor Award and is now deployed several developing regions and is part of programmes to detect mother-to-child transmission of HIV. In 2020, Helen and her team developed atest for SARS-CoV-2. Their device, SAMBA II, delivers results in 90 minutes, giving medical professionalsan important weapon in fighting the spread of COVID-19.
October 13, 2020
Patents in progress: Semiconductors - Materials for the digital age
Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO Guest: Xavier Dauw, examiner EPO Nanotechnology is invisible to the eye but has an enormous impact on semiconductors and a whole range of other fields, from organic chemistry to molecular biology. Meet Xavier Dauw, a passionate expert on the materials used in the electronics that will drive our future, especially when it comes to artificial intelligence.
October 6, 2020
Inventors Revisited: Towards smart factories
Moderator: Anton Versluis, Team Manager Pattern Recognition, EPO Guest: Steve Lindsey, CEO, Lontra Guided by the principal of using engineering to change the world, Steve Lindsey invented a new type of compressor that cuts energy usage by some 30%. He applies the kind of thinking that revolutionised the consumer world to industry. The result? The UK’s first smart factory, where a network of connected machines reduce waste, improve sustainability, and increase productivity.
September 29, 2020
Patents in progress: Smart domestic appliances - Making life easier and greener
Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO Guest: Ekkehard Weinberg, Team Manager Washing Machines / Dishwashers, EPO  Our domestic appliances were never smarter than today. Now they are really starting to get themselves connected. EPO team manager Ekkehard Weinberg reveals how the latest developments do not only make our daily chores far less taxing but benefit our environment too.
September 22, 2020
Patents in progress series: trailer
Join EPO experts for a unique journey through the technoscape Just how much passion and know-how goes into creating the many new inventions that shape our daily lives? If you enjoy great insider stories about science and technology, then don’t miss this unique journey through the entire technoscape. For researchers, inventors, investors, lawyers and anyone interested in how innovation is making the world a better place.
September 15, 2020
Inventors Revisited: Organoids: the future of life science research?
Moderator: Fernando Tiberini Guest: Hans Clevers, Professor of Molecular Genetics, UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University The concept of growing mini human organs in a lab would once have seemed far-fetched. But Hans Clevers changed all that. Today, the organoids he invented are used to conduct safe and humane research in fields ranging from cancer treatments to anti-venom production, and from personalised medicine and the coronavirus.
September 9, 2020
Inventors Revisited: Saving lives through invention – the story of the HPV vaccine
Moderator: Fernando Tiberini Guest: Ian Frazer, Professor of Medicine, The University of Queensland Ian Frazer is a world-renowned immunologist who co-invented the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Today, Ian guides research on several fascinating and ambitious projects, including the total eradication of cervical cancer, and also shares insight on coronavirus treatments. In this podcast, the former European Inventor Award winner discusses the journey to the HPV vaccine, the role of patents in driving innovation, and the challenges faced in reducing deaths, despite the availability of vaccines.
September 9, 2020
Inventors Revisited: The great vaccine race
Moderator: Fernando Tiberini Guest: Rino Rappuoli, Chief Scientist and Head External R&D, GSK Vaccines As the novel coronavirus shatters our way of living, the world lives in hope that a vaccine will arrive. But what does it take to produce a vaccine that is safe and has few side effects, and do it quickly? Rino Rappuoli, Lifetime achievement winner at the European Inventor Award 2017, shares his views on coronavirus treatments and provides a glimpse at how vaccinology has changed over time.
September 9, 2020
Inventors Revisited series: trailer
The European Inventor Award honours innovators: those whose technical and scientific skill contribute to progress, economic growth and improving our lives. In this series, we catch up with Award alumni for their views on trends in innovation and intellectual property, while getting a rare glimpse at their cutting-edge new research or inventions.
September 2, 2020