Wednesday, December 30, 2015

UNFCCC COP21 – INPI 2015 environmental trophy winners

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

During the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Paris from November 30th to Dec.11th 2015, the French Patent Office (INPI - Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle) awarded its 2015 Innovation Trophies in a partnership with the civil society hosting the COP21 conference. 

Accordingly, this year’s INPI Innovation Trophies, in the four categories of patents, design, trademark and research, were awarded on December 7, 2015 to small French businesses and research centers, each active in bringing innovative answers and breakthrough solutions to environmental issues. 

The 2015 INPI Innovation Trophies were awarded to the following 4 contenders:

Blablacar (Trademark Trophy) – an online leader in ridesharing (for a fee) with 20 million subscribers in 19 countries. The company initially called Comuto, founded in 2006, chose the tradename Blablacar based on the user profile question “Are you bla, blabla or blablaba?” designed to prompt subscribers at evaluating how talkative they are when commuting! The rest is French history…!

Le Prieuré (Design Trophy) – a company that designs green or living roofs, both for aesthetic and environmental purposes. The company, founded in 1992, now produces about 1 million square meters of living roofs per year, manufacturing and installing patented all-in-one HYDROPACK, and more recent connected HYDROVENTIV, packs. 

DEEP - Déchets, Eaux, Environnement, Pollutions (Research Trophy) - a research laboratory affiliated with the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon, France (INSA – Institut National des Sciences Appliquées). DEEP’s research agenda has focused on the design of patented solutions addressing various environmental issues such as the detection of silicon in biofuel, quantification and qualification rain water diverted to watersheds, and production of biofuel using biomass. 

PAT - Plant Advanced Technologies (Patent Trophy) - a start-up company connected to the French National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine and the French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA – Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique). PAT has responded to the issue of sourcing chemical compounds from plants which usually destroys plants and biodiversity, resulting in extremely expensive extracts at equally high costs for the environment. The company thus developed two patented technologies: “PAT Plant milking®” and “PAT Friday®”, respectively enabling to extract and produce plant-based active ingredients for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes without destroying plants and biodiversity. 

Le Prieuré
Laboratoire DEEP
PAT – Plant Advanced Technologies

Trophées INPI 2015
INSA – Institut national des sciences appliquées
INRA – Institut national de la recherche agronomique

No comments: