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The unprecedented mapping of patents to the UN SDGs is now available in
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Sustainability is the new value indicator for investors and a key decision-making factor for consumers. Get actionable insights into how sustainably focused you and your competitors are using the objective and forward-looking measurement of patents.

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Objectively measure sustainability with an unprecedented mapping of patents to the UN SDG

Unique measurement
PatentSight® is the first provider to distinctly map patents in analysis against targets and indicators of UN SDGs and to measure an organization’s contribution to SDG-related research.

Objective valuation
SDG patent mapping, in combination with the industry-proven and validated patent value indicator PatentSight Patent Asset Index™ reveals real champions and allows stakeholders and shareholders a better decision-making and reporting process.

Accurate & transparent
Expert curated SDG mapping to a high-quality patent data set containing reliable commercial ownership tracking and legal status information helps shed more light to the effort companies put toward becoming SDG compliant, and avoids “green washing.”

Accessible and convincing
Patent-based SDG assessment is easy to access and run, even for those who are not patent experts. Boardroom-ready visualizations make findings easy to digest and share.

How the mapping was conducted

A group of LexisNexis patent search experts objectively mapped technology areas with active patenting activity to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and their 231 unique indicators. 
The searches and search topics used for the mapping are not generic but are based on the targets, indicators and metadata of each UN SDG.  Therefore, more are covered than only those found in the Green Inventory of e.g., the WIPO. For a better understanding of the patents to SDG mapping, fact sheets with direct linkage are created for each SDG and their respective sub-targets.

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Understand involvement and identify gaps in sustainable technology development​

  • Discover the share and the value of sustainable technologies in your patent portfolio
  • Identify growth areas in sustainability for your business
Distribution of SDG-related patent portfolios
Distribution of SDG-related patent portfolios

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Objectively measure and evaluate progress to SDGs

  • Measure the performance of investments in  sustainable technologies, and compare to non SDG related patents
  • Track progress of investments in sustainable R&D and  technology over time
  • Learn which sustainable technologies make an impact and which are less relevant
Patent portfolio development over time
Patent portfolio development over time

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Develop strategy for sustainable technology investment

  • Get an overview of the competitive landscape in sustainable technology fields
  • Identify trends, gaps and whitespaces in the sustainable technology landscape
  • Find partners and licensing opportunities to support and accelerate your sustainability efforts
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Quality vs. quantity comparison of players in SDG 13 "Climate Action"

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Understand which UN SDGs companies invest in

  • Identify interrelations between research and development strategies
  • Explore areas of potential research and development besides the core technology of companies in focus
  • Analyze whether competitors have research activities in similar technology fields
SDG research and development focus of companies
SDG research and development focus of companies

Use PatentSight SDG analyses to promote sustainable efforts with easy-to-digest visualizations and enable stakeholders to easily assess, compare, and track the development of sustainable technologies.

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Patent mapping to UN SDGs

Why did LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions pick the UN SDGs for our mapping and not ESG fields?
Whereas ESG (Environment - Social - Governance) fields are no clearly defined categories and thus have no globally unanimous definition, any mapping of patentable technologies would be vague and arguable. The UN SDGs, however, are not only widely spread and known, but are also based on 169 defined targets, 231 detailed indicators and accompanying metadata. All in all this allows us to distinctly map patentable, novel and innovative technologies to the wording of the United Nations and, thus, gives us a solid foundation and ratification on why and how we did the patent mapping. Every customer is free in how they make use of the UN SDGs we offer, and may or may not include them in their ESG reporting. We, however, do not define any patents as ESG related as their is no holistic and structured scientific approach that we can follow.
How did LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions map patents to the UN SDGs?
The protocol to establish the link between the UN SDGs and the patent data (inventions) is based on the framework provided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Agenda provides 231 unique indicators for the 17 goals. These are global in nature and are universally applicable and complemented by indicators at the regional and national levels (developed by Member States). The indicators that are supposed to be used for tracking the progress towards the attainment of the SDGs can be mapped to advancements in science and technology as expressed through patentable inventions.
The criteria for patent are defined by territorial laws though the science in the patents is universal. This is in total alignment with the UN SDG framework where the global perspective is supposed to be implemented at the national level. The technology areas with active patenting activity, that can be explicitly mapped to the SDG targets and indicators are enlisted. Discrete mapping procedure is followed. Each of the technology is defined to retrieve patents that disclose inventions specific to those technology areas. The scope of each technology thus retrieved by such discrete and explicit mapping is clarified by the UN SDG metadata.
The Global SDG Indicators Database maintained and regularly updated by the Statistics Division makes data on the global SDG indicators available to all users and includes both country-level data and regional and global aggregates. As of March 2021, it includes data for 166 of the 231 indicators and more than 1.2 million data records. An accompanying metadata repository provides the metadata for the indicators that have internationally established methodology and standards. Access to the country-level data and the metadata ensures full transparency with respect to the data and methodologies used for global reporting. The Database and metadata repository are maintained by the Statistics Division while the data and metadata are provided by international agencies and entities, also referred to as custodian agencies in accordance with their mandates. The combination of related keywords with different technology classifications available for patents viz. IPC (International Patent Classification), CPC (Cooperative Patent Classification) and F-term classification is used to define each technology/search topic.
Who set up the fields?
All SDG related searches were defined, created and mapped by a group of LexisNexis patent search experts. In an iterative approach, all underlying searches were reviewed and modified according to their results in regard to SDG compliance before finally being implemented into the PatentSight analytic tool.
Is there documentation for each field?
Yes. Every search will be individually defined and made available to download in the product. The search fields will be explained in a description, by keywords, and key CPCs. Moreover, the mapping between search fields and the UN targets and indicators will be shared.
What is the update interval?
The subsequent searches that define the UN SDGs and are based on the targets and indicators defined by the United Nations are executed with every new data update. This allows us to give a weekly update on those fields relevant for sustainability and new patents can be identified quickly. Moreover, the searches themselves will be adjusted if changes are introduced by the UN. Whenever the searches are adjusted we will inform you about such adjustments in order to be fully transparent.
Are the UN Sustainable Development Goals included in my subscription?
The UN Sustainable Development Goals were defined by the United Nations as call global to action in times of an environmental crisis. LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions is striving to contribute to achieving the goals by introducing this unbiased measurement based on patent data. Accordingly, analyses based on the UN SDGs are available to all customers of PatentSight Enterprise. Reviewer and Reader accounts will also be able to incorporate the new UN SDG fields in their daily work.

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