S5 E2 How IP Can Help Save the Planet

Season 5 Episode 2 – How IP Can Help Save the Planet
The role of intellectual property protection in developing sustainable technology
On this episode of Stroke of Genius, host Raha Francis sits down with the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation’s recently announced 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, IP 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 on any major podcast platform, Luke shares some invaluable advice for aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs.

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