Green Innovation in Italy

March 29, 2021

Discover the recent report on green patents in Italy published by the Italian Patent and Trademark Office (UIBM).

Eco-sustainable inventions represent on average 9.6% of the total number of patents filed in Italy in the last decade, a figure that is at the top end of the observed range worldwide (5-10% of total patent filings).

Over 60% of Italian green tech-related patent applications are concentrated in three main areas: alternative energy production, waste management, and energy conservation.

“Due to the increased awareness worldwide of the impact of climate change and exploitation of natural resources, we decided to dedicate a report to green patents,” – said Dr. Loredana Guglielmetti from UIBM. “We took into account also the economic impact of green technologies and the interest of decision makers and investors towards them”.

To identify Italian patent applications pertaining to green technologies, UIBM adopted the WIPO’s IPC Green Inventory methodology, retrieving patents classified as eco-innovations through at least one IPC code belonging to the Green Inventory.

What is IPC Green Inventory?

The "IPC Green Inventory", developed by the IPC Committee of Experts, facilitates searches for patent information relating to Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs), as listed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). ESTs are currently scattered widely across the IPC in numerous technical fields. The Inventory attempts to collect them in one place.

Further information and statistics can be found in the full report PDF, title goes here.


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