Date and Time: Thursday 5th December 2013 ~~~ 16:00 – 17:30
Location: Frangipani Room
Theme: Environment and Natural Resources


EPO_4C high resolution

Session Objectives

• An understanding of the role the global patent system in supporting innovation and global dissemination of sustainable technologies
• How the patent system can best support the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism
• To promote the global patent information and other services, including those of EPO and WIPO, in serving the above.


Since the original UNCED, or "Earth Summit" Conference in Rio de Janeiro, June 1992, the “Parties” of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have discussed global initiatives relating to climate change. The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), as the successor to the Kyoto Protocol, are defining an agreement to limit global emissions, to take legal effect as from 2020. To meet these requirements, technology will have a vital role to play, and as part of the Technology Mechanism, the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTC-N) is being set up under UNEP to interlink the states of the Parties and to match national requirements with appropriate technologies.

The patent system is designed to support innovation, and under an implicit “social contract”, temporary exclusive rights are granted in exchange for disclosure of the invention. The patent system In today’s global patent information system, more than 100 million patent documents contain an unparalleled wealth of technical information, and are readily available free of charge via the internet.

This session will host a discussion on the role of the global patent system, and of especially international patent offices such as the EPO and WIPO, in supporting global innovation and dissemination of climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies in the framework of global climate change discussions.