Sony, IBM, Others Back Green Patent Initiative
A consortium of CE industry heavyweights came together in an alliance announced Monday that will make it easier for them to share patents for intellectual property that helps the environment. According to the Wall Street Journal, the initiative is called the “Eco-Patent Commons,” and is inspired by open-source software programmers who have done similar things in the past. Charter members of the Eco-Patent Commons include IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes and Sony, and together they will start by donating about 30 patents. Two of the originals are an IBM-developed method for protective-packaging material for electronics that can be easily recycling, while Nokia is contributing a method for recycling obsolete cell phones. The project will be administered by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
For more on the initiative, visit www.wbcsd.org/web/epc
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