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"Sustainability Innovation Champion": InTraCoM presents patent-based sustainability award March 2022


Cement and lime production is the second largest source of man-made industrial CO2 emissions.

CALIX LIMITED's patented technologies, among others, significantly reduce CO2 emissions through intelligent process control. CALIX LIMITIED's patent portfolio shows that its most valuable patent families are also its most sustainable. The analysis of the patent portfolio was ultimately decisive for this award.

Patents are early innovation indicators. They provide a preview of what a company has planned for the future in terms of new products, components and processes. High valuable patents are supposed to be candidates for later innovations. Accordingly, patents - and their values - are the blueprint for successful R&D. If a company invests in sustainable technologies, products and processes, it also documents this with patents. If these are also valuable, they are very likely to be later sustainability innovations. Accordingly, these sustainable patents are also a blueprint for a company's active innovation efforts in the sustainability sector. In a study published by InTraCoM GmbH in February 2020, for example, it came as a surprise that companies with a distinctly sustainable perception were not necessarily always able to back this up with correspondingly sustainable patents. On the other hand, companies from the 2nd or 3rd tier surprised with distinctly sustainable and sustainably growing patent portfolios, but which have not been noticed as such so far. Unjustly so, we think. We honor these Hidden Sustainablility Champions with the "Sustainability Innovation Award".

Selection process:

The selection is based exclusively on the patent portfolio of the respective company. This is evaluated using our automated process and the value of the sustainable patents is then compared with the total portfolio value. This ratio is compared with the industry average. In addition, however, the trend is also taken into account, i.e. whether the sustainable patent value has increased over the last few years. The total patent portfolio value is also taken into account so that small companies with only one sustainable patent do not top the list. Primarily, industries with a generally high patent activity are taken into account.


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