About Sea Of Inventions
Sea of Inventions is a cleantech database created by the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) to demonstrate the usefulness of patent information, and to create a better overview of available cleantech. It contains information in the form of patents for areas that are likely to benefit environmentally from the improvement of technology. The areas specially relate to environmental issues concerning the Baltic Sea and have been selected with the help of HELCOM’s Baltic Sea Action Plan. The aim has been to achieve an exhaustive coverage for each area and include all the technology ever patented (or for which an application was ever filed).
Many possible users
We are convinced that this information can be used by inventors, researchers, cleantech entrepreneurs, agencies or councils to make R&D more efficient and to reduce negative environmental impact in the Baltic Sea. And although the development of new technology is very important, many of the innovations necessary to cut pollution already exist. Bringing existing technology to light will reduce development costs and allocate resources to where they are needed more. The roughly 20.000 inventions can be searched or browsed by category, and the technical information will be accompanied by statistics on the companies and countries most active within each field. The database will be launched in August 2011 is free of charge.
The patent information in Sea of Inventions is taken from all major patent database and compiled in a way that makes it easier to search for solutions to a specific problem. The information can be used for development purposes but it is important to remember that some of the patents found in the Sea of Inventions database are in force and owned by someone else (for more details on the this, please look under Free to use?).
Cleantech for growth
The environmental problems in the Baltic Sea are a big challenge for the surrounding countries, but the region is also very innovative. The Nordic countries have traditionally worked together on important issues and after the entry of Poland and the Baltic countries into the European Union, the Baltic Sea Region is quickly turning into a place where innovation is a central part in the economy and future growth potential. To facilitate and encourage innovation we want to provide cleantech and environmental actors around the Baltic Sea with useful information. We also encourage them to protect their inventions through patents or other suitable intellectual property rights. Contact information for national intellectual property offices can be found here.
You are more than welcome to contact Sea of Inventions with ideas or suggestions on how the database can be used, or if you simply would like to know more about the project.