Similarly, the promotion of innovation has also been a key driver in reaching the EU’s primary role in the digital and green economy. One specific area where innovation has been addressed on a European level is the field of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and in the specification and harmonisation of its protection and enforcement. For example, the European Commission itself recognises the need to have uniform legislation in EU Patent protection rules: “Patents are a key tool to encourage investment in innovation and encourage its dissemination. The European Commission constantly monitors the need for and effects of patent-related legislation across the EU.”
Seeing that these two concepts (i.e. sustainability and innovation) are at the core of the European Union’s goals and objectives, why is it so hard to find their connection? The answer may be obvious: it is because they are not (currently) being considered as part of the same package. But, can private stakeholders do more to integrate sustainability in their IPR strategy?
We are currently witnessing a tendency to integrate companies’ ESG commitments in their contracts and policies. In the field of IPRs, we have seen the need to draft contractual clauses to deal with climate technology (for example, know-how or technologies relating to climate change) and their respective licensing terms. However, this niche area is currently underexplored.
 Patent protection in the EU | Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (europa.eu)
 ESG stands for “Environmental, social and corporate governance”.