“It is not enough to just come up with innovative ideas, you also have to protect them. As patent managers we already set the course today for our capacity to act in the future.”
Daniel Bauer at innogy is looking after the protection of our research results
Innovative ideas alone do not safeguard future economic success – this is why we are looking consistently after the protection of our research results.
The transformation of our energy system is in full swing, confronting us with ever new challenges: for instance, when it comes to security of supplies, sufficient charging infrastructure for electric cars, efficient grid management and carbon-neutral power generation. This development is even compounded by increasing digitalisation involving a lot of potential but also new requirements, especially with respect to communication and plant security.
We confront all these challenges in Research and Development at innogy, partly alone, partly in cooperation with project partners. In order to make sure that these investments are economically viable, it is not only important to safeguard our own rights of use for the results of our development activities, but also to protect these results as best we can from unauthorised copying by third parties.
We ensure this protection, among other things by the filing of patents for our development results. As far as this is concerned, we have reached a leading position among the European energy utilities in recent years.
Apart from protecting our own development results, another key challenge is to support the development departments in their work – after all, the wheel should not be invented twice.
A close exchange with colleagues is also required to avoid violations of property rights of third parties and to take action early on, if required, against the granting of patents to third parties.
All our patent activities serve a major, overriding purpose, namely to safeguard our capacity to act in the future and to protect our development results reliably.
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