An Analysis of Sustainable Business Models for High Impact Areas Including Clean Energy and the Circular Economy

Call for Papers

We invite submissions for the
Special issue on ‘The Management of Intellectual Property in Times of Rapid Institutional Change’

Journal: World Patent Information (WPI), Elsevier

Submission timeline:
First submission: October 1, 2021
Final submission: August 31, 2022
Publication of the special issue: March 1, 2023

Frank Tietze from the IPACST project serves as one of the guest editors of this special issue.

Workshop on “Strategic use of intellectual property to increase sustainability impact

Time and Date Wednesday, 20th October, 12-13 (GMT+1, 13-14 CEST)

Free Registration link:

This workshop is organized as a side event of the Responsible Innovation Summit.


IPACST is a major, four-year international and interdisciplinary research project that brings together the fields of sustainability, IP and innovation management, together with political sciences and engineering to transform our understanding of the role played by different Intellectual Property (IP) models in accelerating sustainability transitions. IPACST is one of 12 transnational research projects by the Belmont Forum and NORFACE joint programme on Transformations to Sustainability (T2S).

The transition to global sustainable development is an urgent challenge. In 2015, countries globally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Effective transitions to sustainability require innovations with complex diffusion and adoption processes. The accompanied evolutionary technology development processes involve complex and intertwined IP related issues. The role of IP for effective transitions to sustainability however remains insufficiently understood.  This project contributes to the integration of both fields through frameworks that conceptualize (i) which, (ii) how and under (iii) what conditions IP models accelerate sustainable transitions, in connection with sustainable business models.

Financial support

The project IPACST is financially supported by the Belmont Forum and NORFACE Joint Research Programme on Transformations to Sustainability, which is co-funded by DLR/BMBF FONA-SÖF 01UV1812A and 01UV1812B, GCRF, ESRC (ES/S008322/1), VR 2017-06439, and the European Commission through Horizon 2020.