Friday, 18 January 2008

Patent Pals

IBM is leading a group of companies that have formed the Eco-Patent Commons to put environmentally useful patents into the public domain. The idea is to encourage others to use the patents in products and processes that will help protect the environment.

IBM and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (a CEO-led, global association of some 200 companies dealing with sustainable development) started the initiative and Nokia, and Sony and Pitney-Bowes have joined in. Apparently there are over 30 patents involved, with the vast majority from IBM.

Lets hope more companies sign up.

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