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WIPO GREEN: New Online Marketplace Seeks Environmentally Sustainable Solutions for Climate Change

Geneva, November 28, 2013
PR/2013/749

WIPO launched today a new online marketplace connecting a wide variety of groups seeking shared innovation and environmentally friendly technologies to address climate change.

The WIPO GREEN database and network matches owners of new technologies with individuals or companies seeking to commercialize, license or otherwise distribute a green technology. Its objective is to accelerate innovation and diffusion of green technologies and contribute to the efforts of developing countries in addressing climate change.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said:  “Innovative green technologies have an important role to play in addressing climate change.  Our objective is for WIPO GREEN to become a go-to platform for green technologies, thanks to our growing network of partners and innovative collaborations with major global technology databases.”

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry at the press launch. (Photo: WIPO) – Watch the press launch on YouTube

At the center of the initiative is an extensive database of green technologies, inventions and patents, which come from a wide range of institutions, including small and medium-sized enterprises, multinational companies, innovators, and universities from around the world.

WIPO GREEN has already gained around 1,000 uploads during a pilot and testing phase, including those from WIPO GREEN’s partnerships with the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the East Africa Climate Innovation Network. The program already has 35 partners. 

Mr. Takeshi Ueno, President of the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), a WIPO GREEN partner since the project’s inception, said: “Japan is a leading innovator of green technologies, and WIPO GREEN provides a vital opportunity for Japanese companies to be at the forefront of global efforts to address climate change.  JIPA is working to ensure its member companies can take advantage of WIPO GREEN to further their reach”

Mr. Sean Flanigan, President of the Association of University Technology Managers, said: “AUTM is delighted to be a partner in this bold effort by WIPO. Through the work of WIPO GREEN and the AUTM Global Technology Portal I am confident that thousands of green technologies originating at Universities will become available for license, development or sharing and will make a significant contribution to the economies of developing countries and to global climate change efforts alike.”

Mr. Klaus Helmrich, a board member of Siemens (a WIPO GREEN partner) said: “Technologies aimed at improving environmental sustainability contribute to both economic growth and improved living standards. We therefore support their diffusion. WIPO Green is a promising multiplier for the transfer of sustainable technologies.”

An official from the group leading the UN’s efforts to address climate change welcomed the launch of WIPO GREEN. Mr. Mark Radka, of the United Nations Environment Program and Interim Director of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Climate Technology Centre & Network said: “WIPO GREEN can provide developing countries with critical information on green technology products and services that they need to reduce both emissions of greenhouse gases and to deal with the impacts of climate change.  WIPO GREEN also acts as a gateway to the various WIPO intellectual property services, which are excellent assets in the fight against climate change.”

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry on WIPO GREEN.

About WIPO GREEN

The WIPO GREEN database offers a broad listing of green technology products, services and intellectual property (IP) assets, and also allows individuals and companies to list green technology needs.  It is freely accessible, only requiring a one-time registration at http://www.wipo.int/green

  • The database offers green technology providers greater visibility for their products, services and IP assets (including inventions, patents, technologies and know-how) for sale or license, helping to attract partners and finance.
  • The database also advertises technological needs – including specific technologies and IP assets, funding, training and professional services.
  • The database’s listing of innovative green technologies, IP assets and experts makes it a useful resource for investors, entrepreneurs and licensing managers looking to construct and execute deals in the green technology space.
  • The WIPO GREEN network helps facilitate commercial relationships and transactions by connecting green technology providers and seekers, and acting as a gateway to a range of relevant services.
  • The network hosts a freely accessible online roster of green technology consultants and service providers, who offer expertise in a wide range of areas including IP management, licensing and investment. 
  • The network acts as a gateway to useful IP services, such as WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center.
  • Through the network, members can meet a wide range of stakeholders – including SMEs, multinational companies, intergovernmental organizations, investors and academics – thereby providing new opportunities for collaboration and partnership.

Partners

WIPO GREEN engages actively with its formal partners in order to shape its strategy and operations. WIPO GREEN partners currently include:

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), Philippines
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), United States of America
  • Bamboo Bikes Initiative, Ghana
  • Brazilian Forum of Innovation and Technology Transfer Managers (FORTEC), Brazil
  • Brazilian Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), Brazil
  • CambridgeIP, United Kingdom
  • East Africa Climate Innovation Network (EACIN), Kenya
  • Ecomachines Incubator, United Kingdom
  • GIVEWATTS, Switzerland
  • infoDev, Climate Technology Program (World Bank), United States of America
  • Innovation Insights, Switzerland
  • Inovent Innovative Ventures, Turkey
  • Intellectual Property for Sustainable Energy Ventures (IP*SEVA), Germany/Japan
  • International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Switzerland
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), France
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), Switzerland
  • Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), Japan
  • Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (CIC), Kenya
  • Licensing Executives Society International (LESI),United States of America
  • Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA), United States of America
  • R20 Regions of Climate Action, Switzerland
  • Robin Paul Advisory LLP, Malaysia
  • Sabanci University, Turkey
  • Sathguru Management Consultants, India
  • Siemens, Germany
  • SOLBEN, Mexico
  • South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (South-South GATE), China
  • Strathmore University, Kenya
  • The Innovation Hub, South Africa
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya; including the Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN)
  • United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), United States of America
  • United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), United States of America
  • Villgro Innovations Foundation, India
  • World Business Council on Sustainable Development, (WBCSD), Switzerland

All partners of WIPO GREEN must abide by its charter, available for download PDF, WIPO GREEN charter.

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