IP at Enel
Enel is strongly renewing its commitment to a strategic, responsible and sustainable management of IP with the adoption of new organizational procedures and with a qualitative and quantitative disclosure of the Group’s IP portfolio, which is included in the Enel Group's non-financial reporting and based on a continuous codification and monitoring of IP rights.
On one hand, Enel’s IP Management procedure is designed according to the standard principles of ISO 56005:2021 “Innovation management - Tools and methods for intellectual property management” and is connected to our Trade Secrets Management procedures, which define the rules for the right protection, management and internal and external circulation of the trade secrets of the Group.
This procedure also aligns with our Open Innovability® philosophy because it encompasses a holistic view of IP, with a focus on people, widespread innovation, and measurability. In this way, when startups and other third parties propose a solution to one of our challenges, they are sure to feel secure and protected in sharing their new ideas.
On the other hand, this new internal, non-financial reporting process has enabled us to identify and valorize the IP linked to ground-breaking innovations like Grid Blue Sky, which re-engineers the operative model of the grids, or Enel Green Power’s 3SUN, the factory developing materials, methods, and knowledge for a new generation of photovoltaics.
Enel holds 146 technology patent families. Our portfolio also includes 1,455 granted trademarks, 15 utility models, and 170 design registrations. This extensive and diverse portfolio is just a glimpse into the work we do to ensure that innovative solutions are properly valorized. We invest in high-density IP across all our business lines. At Enel Green Power, we have developed innovative solutions aimed at increasing photovoltaic generation and implementing the automatable installation of solar panels. At Enel X, we have recently been focusing on telemedicine and urban liveability platforms by co-designing the Fondazione Policlinico Gemelli app and the 15 Minute City Index, which are supported by strategic IP rights such as copyright and trade secrets so that they can have a lasting impact. In the context of e-Mobility, we have protected and helped grow Juice Media and Juice Pole Mini, two innovative charging stations for electric vehicles, through design protection for their aesthetic forms.