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Talk innovation - the EPO podcast

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“Talk innovation” is brought to you by the European Patent Office (EPO). Expert presenters and guests – including our patent examiners - provide their perspective on technology trends and highlight ground-breaking inventions. Join us to learn more on the role of patents and the intellectual property… read more

73 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Approaching the market (IP as key commercial asset)

July 5th, 2022

27:44

Protecting your IP is a very important milestone, but it is only the starting point. So how do you begin the commercialisation journey? In this podcast you’ll learn about timing, identifying the market and customer’s …

Protecting IP assets: types and scope (IP as key commercial asset)

June 23rd, 2022

25:12

Understanding the different types of intellectual property rights and their implications is key to knowing what’s right for you and your business and also when and why. But it requires a great deal of expertise, product …

Free advice to get you started (IP as key commercial asset)

June 7th, 2022

19:34

Before seeking IP protection, it is critical to understand the landscape and potential scope of your rights. New entrepreneurs often ask, “Where do I …

Inspiring inventors: Pete and Ben Kibel

May 31st, 2022

59:40

This podcast episode is a recording of the chat EPO patent examiner Edward Cooke had with the British brothers Pete and Ben Kibel, who together invented a fishing hook cover, called Hookpod. The Hookpod helps save the …

The art of defining the scope of your idea (IP as key commercial asset)

May 24th, 2022

27:09

Getting the scope of your intellectual property right  at an early stage and aligning it with your business is crucial. But how do you go about it? In this podcast, our guest Antonio López will guide you through some of …

Deep tech innovation in the EU and US

May 3rd, 2022

25:31

Many of the smart, connected, autonomous devices driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are created by small, agile companies. They often …

Building on intellectual property to create a business: a real case

April 26th, 2022

24:39

When it comes to commercialising your technology, integrating intellectual property or IP,  into your business strategy can be a game-changer. IP can …

Vaccine technologies

April 19th, 2022

24:12

In 2019 the global market for vaccines was estimated to be worth $33 billion (US), barely 2.5% of the global market for pharmaceuticals. The COVID-19 pandemic has put vaccines into the spotlight. Helena Domingues and …

Smart urban mobility

April 12th, 2022

21:47

The current production delays caused by shortages of semiconductor chips prove just how much our cars have become computers on wheels. The automotive and ICT industries are converging. And patent applications to the EPO …

Patents, pandemic and the rise of China - key trends in filings

April 5th, 2022

21:15

The new Patent Index 2021 reports on the latest trends in patent filings to the EPO. Digital technologies have boomed, and healthcare remained …

PATLIB centres and patent attorneys: allies or competitors?

March 29th, 2022

21:09

There are many players in Europe’s IP ecosystem, some offering mostly free advice and support, others providing paid-for legal services. These need not be rivals, but rather complement each other. A good example is how …

Inspiring inventors: Marco Donolato

March 9th, 2022

17:53

What makes inventors tick? We at the EPO have launched a new talk series - Inspiring inventors - which gives you a unique opportunity to interact with the inventors, learn from their inspiring experiences, and take a …

Boosting wind energy operation - a spin-out story

March 1st, 2022

18:15

Renewable energy systems like wind power plants are heavily reliant on sensors for their smooth autonomous operation. Building on innovative research from the German Technical University of Munich (TUM), start-up …

Bringing augmented reality into the operation room: a technology transfer case study

February 22nd, 2022

24:43

One of the most exciting developments in surgery being seen today is the application of augmented reality. This innovative imaging technology assists …

Guidelines for Examination - the attorneys' view (European Patent Bar)

February 8th, 2022

21:48

Meeting virtually for an after-work chat in the European Patent Bar, three patent attorneys discuss their work on the SACEPO Working Party on Guidelines. The latest version of the EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines for …

3D printing high-performance polymers: a technology transfer case study

January 25th, 2022

22:41

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is already disrupting prototyping and production in many fields. It brings flexibility to the manufacturing process and unprecedented design freedom, heralding a future with …

Cycling safely into the future: a technology transfer case study

January 11th, 2022

20:45

The speed, weight and power of the latest e-bikes can surprise many riders – they need better brakes. With electrical power on board, it is now possible to integrate anti-lock braking systems (ABS) specifically adapted …

The key to longer, healthier lives? (European Inventor Award)

November 16th, 2021

25:55

Thanks to Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, scientists now have a precise method to grow heart, lung, skeletal and vascular tissue for transplants, disease …

Rock CO2, roll back climate change

November 2nd, 2021

28:46

How can technology reverse climate change? Icelandic innovators are collaborating worldwide and using their geological know-how to tackle humankind’s …

Patents for tomorrow’s plastics

October 26th, 2021

21:18

The rate at which plastics are produced (about 50 million tonnes per year) is outpacing our ability to manage the resulting waste. New technologies …

The determination to heal wounds: a technology transfer case study

October 19th, 2021

19:58

This is the remarkable story of how four female researchers from a Turkish university laboratory secured market success for their new product to …

Inventing a way out of climate change (European Inventor Award)

September 30th, 2021

26:32

Henrik Lindström and Giovanni Fili pioneered a new type of solar cell that can even harvest electricity indoors. Their invention enables …

The light behind billions of smartphones (European Inventor Award)

September 21st, 2021

25:04

Physicist Karl Leo tells us how his doped OLEDs transformed electronics and could contribute towards a more sustainable future. He also offers …

Oral proceedings by videoconference (European Patent Bar)

September 14th, 2021

22:24

Moderator: Rachel Free, Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in London, UK

Guests: Matteo Maccagnan, Partner at Studio Torta S.p.A. in …

Nominate a genius (European Inventor Award)

September 7th, 2021

19:13

Moderator: James Nurton, IP journalist

Guests: Marjorie Chopinaud and Miguel Angel Ruiz Ferrer, EPO

Nominations are open for the European Inventor Award 2022 and both the public and inventors may want to learn how to …

Improving quality of life: a technology transfer case study

July 27th, 2021

29:02

Moderator: Stephanie Weber, Communication Manager, European IP Helpdesk

Guests: Brian Caulfield, Inventor and Professor of Physiotherapy, University …

Textiles for the extreme: a technology transfer case study

July 20th, 2021

21:29

Moderator: Stephanie Weber, Communication Manager, European IP Helpdesk

Guests: Andreas Martsman, co-founder and VP Marketing & Sales at Oxeon, …

European Inventor Award: A billion smiles thanks to nanotechnology

July 13th, 2021

24:54

Moderator: James Nurton, IP journalist

Guest: Sumita Mitra, European Inventor Award 2021 winner, Non-EPO countries

Description: This pioneering …

European Inventor Award 2021: the future of DNA-based data storage

July 6th, 2021

26:19

Moderator: James Nurton, IP journalist

Guests: Robert N. Grass and Wendelin Stark, European Inventor Award 2021 winners, Research

By encoding digital …

European Inventor Award 2021: winds of change

June 23rd, 2021

23:46

Moderator: James Nurton, IP journalist

Guest: Per Gisle Djupesland, European Inventor Award 2021 winner

While sitting on an aeroplane, the Norwegian ENT specialist began to think about airflow when he had a …

Patents in Progress: Our robotic helpers

June 8th, 2021

15:17

Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information, EPO

Guest: Stéphane Lumineau, patent examiner, EPO

Robots have often been portrayed in science fiction as posing a threat to humans. Today, robots and robotic …

Patents in Progress: Patents on display

June 1st, 2021

17:36

Moderator: Susana Sánchez Barrio, European Patent Academy

Guest: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information, EPO (retired)

Emerging technologies are …

Inventors Revisited: Space autonomy for Europe

May 25th, 2021

24:16

Moderator: Abderrahim Moumen, director in patent examination, EPO

Guest: Günter Hein, Chairman of the Executive Board, Munich Aerospace

The Galileo satellite navigation system already provides world-leading accuracy and …

Patents in Progress: How optics enlighten our lives

May 18th, 2021

19:31

Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information, EPO

Guest: Orla Feeney, patent examiner, EPO

Scientists’ understanding of the properties and behaviour of light has hugely benefited our everyday lives. Meet Orla …

The European Inventor Award: a peek behind the scenes

May 12th, 2021

23:52

Moderator: James Nurton, IP journalist

Guests: Helen Lee, CEO Diagnostics for the real world, European Inventor Award 2021 jury chair; Wolfgang …

Trends in low-carbon energy innovation

April 27th, 2021

23:50

Moderator: Jeremy Philpott, Communications Manager, EPO

Guests: Yann Ménière, Chief Economist at the EPO and Nick Johnstone, Chief Statistician at the International Energy Agency (IEA)

The latest joint study from the …

E-driving towards a greener future

April 20th, 2021

16:16

Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information, EPO

Guest: Haider Al-Taie, Team Manager Electric Vehicles, EPO

Electric transportation is key …

Inventors Revisited: Guidance from above

April 13th, 2021

21:57

Moderator: Abderrahim Moumen, director in examination, EPO

Guest: José Ángel Ávila Rodríguez, GNSS Evolutions Signal and Security Principal Engineer, …

Inventors Revisited: Visionary inventors and entrepreneurs

April 6th, 2021

17:06

Moderator: Regula von Eggelkraut-Gottanka, Team Manager Proteins and Analysis, EPO

Guests: John Elvesjö and Mårten Skogö 

John Elvesjö and Mårten …

Patent Index 2020: Trends in patent filings for digital technologies

March 30th, 2021

13:57

Moderator: Jeremy Philpott, Communications Manager, EPO

Guest: Norbert Wienold, EPO patent examiner in digital technologies and classification expert

Patent Index 2020: Trends in healthcare filings

March 23rd, 2021

19:26

Moderator: Jeremy Philpott, Communications Manager, EPO

Guests: Elsie Cielen, pharmaceuticals expert, and Fredrik Aslund, biotechnology expert; …

Patent Index 2020

March 16th, 2021

18:42

Moderator: Jeremy Philpott, Communications Manager, EPO

Guests: Aidan Kendrick, Chief Business Analyst, EPO, and Yann Ménière, Chief Economist, EPO


The EPO’s new Patent Index 2020 reports on the latest trends in patent …

Patents in Progress: More than just metalwork - the latest advances in welding

March 9th, 2021

19:45

Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information, EPO

Guest: Sonsoles Hernanz, patent examiner, EPO

Advances in metal processing have given …

Research into Patents: Following trajectories of green technology patents

March 2nd, 2021

15:59

Moderator: Rainer Osterwalder, Director, Communication, EPO

Guest: Dr Önder Nomaler, Researcher at UNU-MERIT

Tracing the development of a technology …

Research into Patents: Building bridges with IP Linked Open Data

March 2nd, 2021

16:32

Moderator: Rainer Osterwalder, Director, Communication, EPO

Guest: Dolores Modic, Postdoktor, Nord University Business School

Innovation and IP data …

Oral proceedings by videoconference

February 23rd, 2021

26:08

Moderator: Gwilym Roberts, Partner at Kilburn & Strode LLP, London

Guests: Cyra Nargolwalla, Partner at Passeraud IP, Paris and Dr Joachim …

Research into Patents: Automotive patents reveal 4IR impact

February 16th, 2021

15:07

Moderator: Rainer Osterwalder, Director, Communication, EPO

Guest: Alessandra Perri, Associate Professor, Ca’ Foscari University

While the …

Research into Patents: FP7 - more patents than meet the eye

February 16th, 2021

16:36

Moderator: Rainer Osterwalder, Director, Communication, EPO

Guest: Professor Giuseppe Scellato, Politecnico di Turino

In terms of patents generated …

Research into Patents: Drilling deeper on the standard-essentiality of SEPs

February 16th, 2021

15:08

Moderator: Rainer Osterwalder, Director, Communication, EPO

Guest: Professor Dietmar Harhoff, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Technical standards are key to securing the interoperability of devices …

Inventors Revisited: Conquering cancer with gene-based testing (part 2)

February 9th, 2021

15:22

Moderator: Marjorie Chopinaud, Team Manager, EPO

Guest: Laura van 't Veer, Co-founder and Chief Research Officer, Agendia

Inventor, researcher, professor and businesswoman: Laura van 't Veer wears many hats. She …

Inventors Revisited: Conquering cancer with gene-based testing (part 1)

February 4th, 2021

17:44

Moderator: Marjorie Chopinaud, Team Manager, EPO 

Guest: Laura van 't Veer, Co-founder and Chief Research Officer, Agendia

Inventor, researcher, professor and businesswoman: Laura van 't Veer wears many hats. She …

Patents in Progress: Audiovisual technologies - Tuning into the future

January 26th, 2021

15:22

Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO

Guest: Jens Horstmannshoff, examiner EPO

From tape recorders to “streaming wars”, the pace …

Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The global technology trends enabling the data-driven economy

January 19th, 2021

28:32

Moderator: Francesco Zaccà, Principal Director in Mobility & Mechatronics, EPO

Guests: Yann Ménière, EPO Chief Economist, Norbert Wienold, patent …

Inventors Revisited: Blood, the book of life

January 12th, 2021

18:49

Moderator: Fernando Tiberini

Guest: Oliver Hayden, Director, TranslaTUM

Blood tells a story and if you could read it, you would know how healthy a …

Valorisation of scientific results – patent commercialisation scoreboard: European universities and PROs

December 22nd, 2020

25:28

Moderator: Jeremy Philpott, communications manager, EPO

Guests: Ilja Rudyk, EPO senior economist and Thomas Bereuter, EPO innovation support manager 

Ilja Rudyk, EPO senior economist joins Thomas Bereuter, innovation …

António Campinos reflects on 2020

December 17th, 2020

35:50

Moderator: James Nurton, IP journalist

Guest: António Campinos, EPO President

What impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on the EPO? How has productivity been affected? Will video conferences fix the backlog of cases? Is …

Patents in progress: Thinking outside the box - Packaging technologies

December 8th, 2020

14:54

Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO

Guest: Timea Garlati, examiner EPO

Whether you consider food and drink, medicines, …

Inventors Revisited: Re-awakening the city that fell asleep

December 1st, 2020

22:49

Moderator: Fernando Tiberini

Guest: Thomas Tuschl, Professor of Biochemistry, Rockefeller University

New York is the city that never sleeps but the coronavirus pandemic forced the it into hibernation. Resident and …

Patents in progress: Biopharma - The patent system meets traditional medicine

November 24th, 2020

14:46

Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO

Guest: Cécile Fayos, examiner EPO

As personalised medicine takes off, Cécile Fayos talks …

Inventors Revisited: Inside the mind of an inventor

November 17th, 2020

36:42

Moderator: Fernando Tiberini

Guest: Elmar Mock, Inventor and entrepreneur

There are few who think outside the box quite like Elmar Mock. There are …

Patents in progress: Radiation diagnostics - Bare bones and beyond

November 10th, 2020

23:33

Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO

Guest: Pau Montes, examiner EPO

Radiation diagnostics has come a long way after its accidental discovery in the late nineteenth century. Now routinely used in …

Trends in sustainable energy technologies: The global battery technology race

November 5th, 2020

26:11

Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information, EPO

Simon Bennett, energy technology analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), joins …

Inventors Revisited: A minute change that makes a massive difference

October 27th, 2020

24:37

Moderator: Fernando Tiberini

Guest: Luke Alphey, Group Leader, Arthropod Genetics, The Pirbright Institute

According to a World Health Organisation …

Patents in progress: Biotechnology - the quest to boost our immune systems

October 20th, 2020

16:13

Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO

Guest: Rob Chapman, examiner EPO

The entire world population has rarely experienced a …

Inventors Revisited: From HIV to Covid-19 – the device that could change the world

October 13th, 2020

21:41

Moderator: Fernando Tiberini

Guest: Helen Lee, CEO, Diagnostics for the real world

Helen Lee left a career in industry to work on an invention that …

Patents in progress: Semiconductors - Materials for the digital age

October 6th, 2020

18:58

Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO

Guest: Xavier Dauw, examiner EPO

Nanotechnology is invisible to the eye but has an enormous …

Inventors Revisited: Towards smart factories

September 29th, 2020

26:31

Moderator: Anton Versluis, Team Manager Pattern Recognition, EPO

Guest: Steve Lindsey, CEO, Lontra

Guided by the principal of using engineering to change the world, Steve Lindsey invented a new type of compressor that …

Patents in progress: Smart domestic appliances - Making life easier and greener

September 22nd, 2020

16:14

Moderator: Nigel Clarke, expert in patent information EPO

Guest: Ekkehard Weinberg, Team Manager Washing Machines / Dishwashers, EPO 

Our domestic appliances were never smarter than today. Now they are really starting …

Patents in progress series: trailer

September 15th, 2020

2:22

Join EPO experts for a unique journey through the technoscape

Just how much passion and know-how goes into creating the many new inventions that shape our daily lives? If you enjoy great insider stories about science …

Inventors Revisited: Organoids: the future of life science research?

September 9th, 2020

21:37

Moderator: Fernando Tiberini

Guest: Hans Clevers, Professor of Molecular Genetics, UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University

The concept of growing mini …

Inventors Revisited: Saving lives through invention – the story of the HPV vaccine

September 9th, 2020

20:18

Moderator: Fernando Tiberini

Guest: Ian Frazer, Professor of Medicine, The University of Queensland

Ian Frazer is a world-renowned immunologist who …

Inventors Revisited: The great vaccine race

September 9th, 2020

21:07

Moderator: Fernando Tiberini

Guest: Rino Rappuoli, Chief Scientist and Head External R&D, GSK Vaccines

As the novel coronavirus shatters our way …

Inventors Revisited series: trailer

September 2nd, 2020

1:25

The European Inventor Award honours innovators: those whose technical and scientific skill contribute to progress, economic growth and improving our lives. In this series, we catch up with Award alumni for their views …

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