Two months before the EU member states have to present a plan to provide up to 20 percent of Europe’s energy from renewable sources, the European Patent Forum will try to illuminate the present and future of Europe’s renewables landscape. The conference, entitled: “Assessing Europe’s Renewable Energy Innovation Potential”, is being organised by the European Patent Office (EPO) in co-operation with the Spanish EU Presidency, the European Commission and the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office.
The two-day conference is due to uncover Europe’s renewable energy-technology strengths and weaknesses, find out whether European industry is still in the race to lead the green boom, and whether political spending and policy support are adequate for the tasks at hand. Throughout the conference, first results of the study “Patents and clean energy” jointly conducted by the EPO, the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Centre for Trade and Development, will be announced. To help bridge the gap between evidence and policy, the three organisations will present data on and insights into the relationship between patents and the development and transfer of clean energy technologies.
The deadline for registration is 31 March 2010.