Jan. 14, 2008 IBM and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development are teaming with Nokia, Pitney Bowes, and Sony to release dozens of environmentally responsible patents into the public domain. The portfolio, called the "Eco-Patent Commons," aims to encourage researchers, entrepreneurs, and companies to develop greener products and services.
Patents pledged to Eco-Patent Commons feature innovations focused on environmental matters and innovations in manufacturing or business processes where the solution provides an environmental benefit. For example, Nokia submitted a patent on creating new electronics products such as clocks, calculators, and PDAs from old
Any individual or company may pledge one or more patents, to be included in the Eco-Patent Commons at the organization's discretion.
Innovation to address environmental issues will require both the application of technology as well as new models for sharing intellectual property among companies in different industries,Â says Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president and director of IBM Research. In addition to enabling new players to engage in protecting the environment, the free exchange of valuable intellectual property will accelerate work on the next level of environmental challenges."
To view a video highlighting some of the patented innovations IBM has pledged, click here.