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Awareness session about sustainability and eco-design: Focus on the space sector (January 2024)

This awareness session about sustainability and eco-design in the space sector is aimed at employees working for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). It is intended to raise awareness about the importance of sustainability and environmental footprinting for the supply chain and aims to introduce topics such as eco-design and life cycle thinking. It also introduces ESA's current actions and future expectations with regard to industry.

IP and Patent series: Disclosing your invention to investors/technical partners or customers

This lecture will review the strategy behind when and how to disclose your invention alongside approaches to encourage and gather investment for smaller businesses. This lecture will look in depth at matters such as confidentiality agreements and how and when to use NDAs. Trade secrets are a little known form of intellectual property and will also be discussed.


IP and Patent series: IP in Space Tech, Territorial Rights in an Extra-Terrestrial World

In space, no one can hear you infringing. This lecture will review how patents, a territorial right, interact with an extra-terrestrial world.

With new developments being produced every day in the aerospace industry, how can your patents be best directed towards capturing third parties that may be interested in using your technology? We will discuss the relevant legal frameworks at play alongside the approach taken by some large aerospace businesses.


IP and Patent series: Quantum Computing and Intellectual Property

This lecture aims to provide a guide for inventors and organisations looking to protect their quantum computing-based inventions, including what is patentable, what is not, and what you need to know. This lecture also studies patenting trends in quantum computing, and other quantum technologies, looking at how these emerging technologies are being protected and how this is changing.


IP and Patent series: Intellectual Property Foundations 2

This lecture will provide the second part of an introduction to patents. This will include discussing typical paths taken to patents, a review of prior art and how it can be used to benefit you and your business alongside some considerations of how to attract investment and a brief discussion of patent box. This will be a refresher for those that attended the 2022 lecture series.