IPACST project update



IPACST - EU Green Week 2021 Partner event


On 3rd June 2021, the IPACST webinar on ‘Using Intellectual Property for Sustainability Transitions’ (https://www.eugreenweek.eu/partner-events/using-intellectual-property-sustainability-transitions) was held successfully as a part of the EU Green Week 2021 Partner Event that took place within the purview of the European Commission’s European Green Deal policy initiatives. The theme of this year’s EU Green Week was dedicated to the 'zero pollution ambition'.


Frank Tietze from the IPACST project shared results from the IPACST research project in the webinar and provided participants with insights from case research across the UK, Europe and India showcasing how intellectual property can be used responsibly to create social and environmental impact.

The webinar also included a guest talk by Mr Thomas Couaillet, Managing Director, Nutriset S.A.S, a mission driven French nutritional solution provider aiming to provide ‘nutritional autonomy for all’ through treatment and prevention of malnutrition among vulnerable population in the Global South. Mr Couaillet shared his experience in responsibly designing the Nutriset’s IP strategy including a uniquely designed network model for industrial ‘know-how’ transfer and a patent usage agreement model, as means for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs). Mr Couaillet has over 18 years of industrial experience including his 10 plus years of experience with Nutriset and a background in intellectual property law.

For full list of IPACST outcomes (publications, conference and webinars), visit: https://ip4sustainability.org/publications/


Poster award finalist: IPACST among the top six finalists at GRIPS 2021

Pratheeba Vimalnath and Frank Tietze are delighted to announce that their poster on ‘Intellectual property models for innovation in plastic sustainability’ featured as one the top six finalists for the ‘IOM3 Polymer Group Award - for innovations in plastics sustainability’, held as a part of the GRIPS 2021 conference.


The poster reported preliminary insights from the IPACST project including evidence-based findings on the role of intellectual property (IP) for sustainability and illustrated relevant IP models along the green-innovation processes. The findings were based on the investigation of the IP usage by the award-winning green innovators who received the European Inventor Award (EIA) presented annually by the European Patent Office (EPO).


About GRIPS 2021: Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) is a conference, exhibition and showcase event held virtually during 16th to 18th March 2021 to bring together industry, academia and individuals working towards plastic sustainability. It was organised and run by KTN, supported by UKRI, and hosted by UK Circular Plastics Network. GRIPS was declared as the biggest ever virtual conference with over 160 speakers, over 50 exhibitors and more than 3000 registered attendees.

About IPACST: IPACST is an international and interdisciplinary research project that aims to study the role of IP models for accelerating sustainability transitions. The project is funded by the Belmont Forum and Norface, and includes partners from the UK, Germany, India, and Sweden. For more details visit: https://ip4sustainability.org/

Date published

26 July 2021

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