Green technologies and renewable energies – Innovating and patenting

As the green revolution continues to gain momentum, this conference provides a platform in the context of Climate Change Mitigation Technologies (CCMT) and their relationship with innovation.

The conference will include several high-level panel discussions involving experts and managers from the EU, other international organizations, key industry players such as Equinor, Elkem and Tomra, and investors.

The discussions will focus on the importance of green technology and patents. It also covers information about trends, competitors and markets, as well as about fund raising, collaboration management, technology licensing and profit building.

There will be further exchanges of views on the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence and computer-implemented inventions in the green technology sector, with a particular focus on the contribution of smart grids and similar optimization systems.

Successful case studies from Norway will provide inspirational illustrations of green technology's potential for the economy and society.

This event is co-hosted by European Patent Academy, EPO and the Norwegian Industrial Property Office.

All event documentation will be made available in electronic form.

Registration is at

Please note that the deadline for registration is 22 October 2018.

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Draft Programme

0830 - 0900
Registration and welcome coffee
0900 - 0905
Introduction and opening

Erik Wold

0905 - 0925
The Norwegian policy in supporting innovation in the field of CCMTs
0925 - 0945
The EPO supporting innovation in Europe

Representative of the EPO

0945 - 1045
Ongoing international co-operation

Panel discussion and Q&A session

1045 - 1115
Coffee Break
1115 - 1130
Patents underpin innovation: patenting landscape in the field of CCMTs



1130 - 1230
Patents support new technologies in green techs: CCMTs and success stories in Norway

Robertha Höglund, Head of IP, Elkem
Boualem Mekki, Head of Patent & CI Team, Elkem
Duncan Park, Vice President IPR, TOMRA systems
Hege Økland, CEO, Norwegian Centre of Expertise Maritime CleanTech

Q&A session

1230 - 1340
Lunch Break
1340 - 1400
Green patenting and Y02 classification: how to find CCMT patents in EspaceNet

Practical examples and available online resources (including Internet platforms)

F. Javier Hurtado-Albir, patent examiner, Sector Information and Communications Technology, EPO

Q&A session

1400 - 1430
Panel discussion Topic 1:

Patent management in collaborations, technology licensing in the field of CCMTs

Q&A session

1430 - 1515
Panel discussion Topic 2:

Patents and fund raising in the field of CCMTs

Q&A session

1515 - 1545
Coffee Break
1545 - 1615
Panel discussion Topic 3:

Smart grids and optimisation of resources
CCMTs and IT related inventions: is Artificial Intelligence the 'new frontier' of green techs?

Q&A session

1615 - 1645
Concluding session - A look into the future: the vision and policy of the European Commission

Fostering and deploying CCMTs in the European Economic Area (EEA) and in particular in the Scandinavian area

Piotr Tulej, Head of Unit "Renewable energy sources", DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels

Q&A session

1645 - 1700
Wrap up by the moderator
1700 -
End of public event and drinks reception

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