Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Eco-Patent Commons

Bloomberg reports that leading technology companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, and Pitney and Bowes are making available for free patent details about a limited number of technologies that may help spur environmental technology use and possibly, innovation.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development website provides the links to the patents of 31 technologies/processes including: (a) IBM's air management technology and Styrofoam replacement product, (b) Nokia's cellphone recycling system into other useful products, and (b) Sony's coagulant for wastewater treatment. IBM contributed 27 patents, which is minuscule compared to the 3,125 patents it filed last year alone.
This patent donation initiative is knows as the Eco-Patent Commons.

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