Posted on May 7, 2022
Berytech is the Lebanese partner of the ENI CBC Med funded STAND Up! project, a project that aims to enhance scalable, replicable and inclusive circular economy textile ventures in the Mediterranean by developing an ecosystem of business support, innovation, and technology transfer that will lead to sustainable job creation for youth and women. The project is implemented in Egypt, Italy, Lebanon, Tunisia and Spain by national partners.
In order to better protect eco-innovation within the clothing and textiles sector in Lebanon, Berytech launched a consultancy mission to develop a report on the state of play and the current Lebanese landscape regarding Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of eco-innovation in textile enterprises.
The objective of this consultancy is to develop a report on the state of play and the current landscape regarding Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) related to eco-innovation in Lebanon and elaborate practical recommendations to develop an enabling environment to grow IP innovations and technologies competitiveness in the textile sector and develop academic and industry spin offs in the sector.
The report that was developed by Dr. Dominique Saleme, focuses on the textile and clothing sector and on circular economy related innovations and includes due diligence, state of play, policy and ecosystem gap analysis, regulatory framework to consider on a regional scale, trends and emerging opportunities across the industry value chain and practical recommendations to foster an enabling environment to develop, protect and commercialize IP based innovations in the textile sector and grow this sector on a local and regional scale.
The report will be used in a comparative study of innovation system performance indicators and intellectual property rights system in the textile and clothing sector between concerned southern and northern Mediterranean partner countries of the STAND Up! project. Based on this benchmarking, an action plan will be put in place to enhance the role of intellectual property rights in the innovation ecosystem and the circular economy market in the textile and clothing sector.
Dr. Saleme developed an action research and a practical report covering:
National diagnosis, mapping of the IPR’s system in the textile sector and particularly in relation with eco-innovation and the circular economy and gaps definition:
Diagnosis of the innovation market and the role of IPs:
Practical recommendations to foster an enabling environment to develop, protect and commercialize IP based innovations in the textile sector and grow this sector on a local and regional scale.
The report compiles some statistics such as number of TCI patents, in TCI environmental technologies, number of projects created, investments, division by type of projects, share of the IP market in the TCI market.
Dr. Saleme developed the guidebook by gathering the information through desk work, interviews and organizing focus group meetings with relevant stakeholders in Lebanon and the Mediterranean region.
STAND Up! was successfully launched in July 2020 to meet the need for a transition into an environmentally and socially responsible circular model in the textile sector, a traditional key industry in the Mediterranean. It aims at enhancing replicable and inclusive circular economy ventures in the region by developing an ecosystem of business support, innovation, and technology transfer that will lead to sustainable job creation for youth and women.