1:37 PMThe Eco-Patent Commons
The Eco-Patent Commons, launched in January 2008 by IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes and Sony in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), has been founded on the commitment that anyone who wants to bring environmental benefits to market can use these patents to protect the environment and enable collaboration between businesses that foster new innovations.
The objectives of the Eco-Patent Commons are:
Since the launch of the Eco-Patent Commons (EPC), more than one hundred
eco-friendly patents have been pledged by thirteen companies
representing the variety of industries from arond the world: Bosch, Dow, DuPont,
Fuji-Xerox, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes, Ricoh, Sony, Taisei and Xerox (download the EPC all pledged patents).