How I.P. Can Help Save the Planet
Are you losing any sleep over the climate crisis? After another summer of heatwaves and wildfires around the world, the topic of sustainability is more top of mind than ever. Confronting this global crisis are countless “green” inventors, entrepreneurs, and corporations working on new ways to cut emissions and reduce our dependence on products derived from fossil fuels. And it’s right here, at the intersection of innovation and sustainability, where intellectual property plays a critical role.On this episode of Stroke of Genius, host Raha Francis sits down with the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation’s newly declared ‘Inventor of the Year’, Luke Haverhals, the CEO of Natural Fiber Welding. Luke and his team at NFW have developed a new way of making the textiles in everything from t-shirts and sneakers to car interiors, using only plant-based materials. Their process is “circular,” which means their products need never end up in a landfill! As you’ll hear, I.P. protection was a crucial component of Luke’s journey from a farm boy in Iowa, to the US Naval Academy in Maryland, to founding his very own company in Illinois. Make sure to listen to the end, Luke shares some invaluable I.P. advice for aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs.Click here to learn more about the IPOEF’s ‘Inventor of the Year’ Award, and Natural Fiber Welding's patented MIRUM and CLARUS products. You can watch the sustainability webinar that Raha mentioned featuring GE and Coty here. For past episodes of Stroke of Genius and the very latest news and information from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation, just visit ipoef.org. Special thank you to our episode sponsor Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.