A Summary of the Seminar on ‘Searching Green Technologies with the Global Patent Index and Complementary Services’

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Over the course of a week, pharmacy EBTC and the European Patent Office (EPO) in association with the APTDC in Hyderabad, page CII in Bengaluru and BCC&I in Kolkata held a series of day-long seminars on ‘Searching Green Technologies with the Global Patent Index and Complementary Services’ on 26th, 28th and 30th May 2014 respectively. This brief summary of the event puts into perspective what the seminar covered, why the seminar was conducted, and a few highlights.

The seminar consisted of technical sessions on:

  • What is classified as green technology (with an overview of the Y section in CPC)
  • Searching green technologies using the GPI
  • Complementing GPI with other Patent Information resources
  • IP in Technology Transfer
  • How to facilitate technology transfer of European technologies into India using tools at EBTC

The idea of the workshop stems from EBTC’s mandate, which is to bring green and clean technologies from Europe to India, to facilitate diffusion of these technologies in the country, to help in building partnerships between European Union (EU) and India companies and subsequently thereby help Indian Industries upgrade their technology.

The technology searching information system provided by EPO is unique and free and Indian companies need to utilize it to its full potential. At the heart of the seminar was awareness raising about resources available for Indian businesses and researchers to utilise global databases on green technologies and understand the dedicated classification scheme developed by European Patent Office (EPO) for clean technologies.

“Through this seminar, we intend to raise awareness and build the capacity of Indian organisations, enabling them to proactively search for state-of-the-art patented clean technologies, create their own analyses, and in the likelihood that a technology is of interest to the Indian party, EBTC can help facilitate the transfer of the concerned solution to India,” said Arvind Chopra, Head of IPR at EBTC.

“Having made available the world’s largest collection of patent database, which is readily available via the internet, the EPO welcomes the opportunity for these services to be increasingly used by Indian industry in order to support innovation and technology transfer between our two regions,” said EPO programme manager Nicholas Körnig. “The co-operation developing between the EPO and India’s Intellectual Property Office will also help maximise synergies and interactions between our patent systems for the benefit of both regions,” he said.

Highlights from the seminars across India

Speaking on the occasion in Bengaluru Mr. Patrick Le Gonidec (Electronic Publication and Dissemination, EPO) reiterated that the EPO is the central patent ranking authority for Europe and the second largest international organization in Europe. In 2013 the EPO received a total of 265,000 patent filings, and what is significant is that 65% of it came from outside Europe, out of which approximately 40% originated from Asia with strong growth from India which had 1360 patent filings. EPO’s patent database Espacenet offers online access free of charge to over eighty million patent documents from around the world. In the field of clean energy the EPO has developed a Y classification scheme, with example Y02 for Climate Change Mitigation Technologies (CCMTs) - with over 2 million patent documents related to CCMT, readily available via the a secure online user interface with information on potential suppliers enabling competitor and potential partner analysis.

In Bengaluru, Mr. Devaraj K (Deputy Director at Ministry of MSME, Govt of India), spoke on the initiatives taken by the government to create awareness among MSME’s on IP and IPR. He mentioned that the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme by the Government of India, is designed particularly to support SME’s in their endeavour to become competitive. He welcomed the workshop and urged MSME’s to explore the potential of gaining green technologies from Europe.

In Hyderabad, Prof. Vivekanandan (MHRD–IP Chair, NALSAR University), in his special address said that, this is a fine opportunity to accelerate the deployment of green technologies, by connecting the technologies and service providers with those seeking innovative solutions with the help of these freely available databases, benefitting all the stakeholders at large.

And finally in Kolkata, the inaugurual session saw Mr. Arun Kumar Mukherjee (Chairperson, Energy and Environment Committee BCC&I) welcome the audience and Mr. Suman Lahiri (Regional Manager, EBTC) spoke about the role of EBTC in EU-India collaborations and provided examples of success stories in the Eastern region which have continued to take concrete shape. Mr. Arun Kumar Singh (Joint Secretary, Dept of Biotechnology, Government) encouraged entrepreneurs to take up the challenge to combat climate change and damage to the environment. The Government is open to innovative ideas and will support it. He highlighted that it is likely that most applications have a biotechnology solution, and also highlighted further scope in IT and ITES.

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