Corporations Share Green Tech Patents

IBM, Nokia, Sony and Pitney-Bowes join the new Eco-patent Commons
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2008 2:31 PM CST
Show attendees try out Nokia phones at the Nokia booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – IBM tops the list of companies donating patents to a group that aims to help businesses produce greener products by sharing eco-friendly technology. Big Blue has promised 27 patents to the Eco-patent Commons; Nokia, Sony and mail equipment maker Pitney-Bowes will also donate, reports PC World. Shared patents will be freely available to all companies.

The environmentally-friendly technologies covered in the patents already promised to the organization include some for waste water treatment, air purification, cell-phone recycling, and printer ink consumption reduction. The project, inspired by the open-source software movement, intends to help companies tackle environmental challenges that other businesses have already addressed.