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12 July 2019

Participants of the EPO event at Munich TEDxYouth@Munich

The EPO yesterday partnered with [email protected]ünchen
and engaged in dialogue with young opinion leaders. The Office was able to
further the Munich TEDxYouth community’s knowledge of patents, learn what they
think about innovation and the role of Intellectual Property rights, as well as
gain their views on broader societal issues in relation to technological

EPO event Listen and Learn at TedxYouth@München
The event, called Listen and Learn,
comprised a series of discussions. In the small group round, the TEDxYouth
community shared their views on topics including climate change, the speed of
innovation and the expected role of the Office in supporting local inventors
and entrepreneurs. 

The groups then reconvened for a fishbowl, a
panel format that encourages audience participation. Nellie Simon, EPO
Vice-President Corporate Services was joined by Yves Mattern, co-founder of
Lignoa and sustainability focused inventor, and Philippe Lahorte, EPO Patent
Examiner. The panel delved deeper into the findings from the previous session
with a particular focus on sustainability and the role of Intellectual Property

TedX05The Vice-President underlined the EPO’s
commitment stating that “we want to maintain and continue dialogue with the
youth. We want to understand and learn what is of interest to young people,
what they think about patents, what motivates them and how they see us. For
this reason, we will explore the idea of an innovation award for young
scientists and students. Young people are the inventors of tomorrow and they
will find solutions to the global challenges of our times.”

Following Listen and Learn, guests moved on
to the Muffathalle for the [email protected]ünchen exhibition. The theme, “Who, if
not us
?” produced lively presentations with talks from climate activists,
entrepreneurs and digital experts. The EPO highlighted inventors in its gallery
which showcased a series of former European Inventor Award finalists.

TedX06The [email protected]ünchen partnership is just
one example of the type of collaboration envisioned in the European Patent
Office new Strategic Plan 2023. In the years that lie ahead, the EPO will look
to increase dialogue with communities in the areas in which the Office has a

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