21 – 22 September 2017 |Athens, Greece
Organised by the European Patent Office (EPO) and Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation (OBI), IRENA was invited to the conference to present the INSPIRE database to industries and small- and medium-sized enterprises, governments, research centres, universities, law firms and project developers. INSPIRE was positively received by the participants, who explicitly recognised the added value of the tool. EPO and IRENA also presented their joint policy brief on current trends on climate change mitigation technologies (CCMTs) and emphasised the key role of renewables. Furthermore, the EPO expressed interest to expand collaboration with IRENA on future reports and INSPIRE. Other patent offices encouraged the agency to showcase the database at other conferences, and a number highlighted their current use of INSPIRE in their analyses. IRENA announced that in the next few months, INSPIRE will expand its database of patents by including two new patent categories for climate change technologies. Participants suggested that the expansion of new patent categories on INSPIRE should be accompanied by the option to download raw data.