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Date: 17.03.2015 16:01:49
Subject: WIPO GREEN Newsletter, March 2015

March, 2015

Invitation to attend seminar “Facilitating the Transfer and Diffusion of Clean Technology: Opportunities from a Pilot Project on Wastewater Treatment in South East Asia”, Manila, April 23-24, 2015

This regional seminar on wastewater management needs and technologies is organized by WIPO GREEN, in cooperation with ADB, IPO Philippines, and CTCN, with the support of the Japan Patent Office. It focuses on connecting industrial and municipal wastewater treatment needs (from Philippines, Indonesia and Viet Nam) with technology suppliers, and brings together a range of relevant stakeholders from the green technology sector.

Following a major stakeholder consultation exercise, the local technology needs in this sector are made available on the WIPO GREEN website ( Providers with relevant technologies are urged to respond, upload their technologies, and attend the seminar. Please register on WIPO GREEN (

An exhibition space will be provided for technology owners and organizations working on wastewater management issues from within and beyond the region.

Please contact for more information about the seminar.


New WIPO GREEN Partners

• Haier Group (
• Climate-KIC (

Haier is the world's leading home appliance provider, headquartered in Qingdao, Shandong province, China. Haier’s Open Innovation platform ( is an internet based portal with a comprehensive database of technologies and technology needs.

Climate-Knowledge and Innovation Communities (Climate-KIC) is the EU’s main climate innovation initiative.  Created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), the EU body tasked with creating sustainable European growth while dealing with the global challenges of our time. The organization has its headquarters in London and centers in Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland.


Global Challenges Seminar, February 12, 2015

The eighth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) was held from February 8-13, 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. WIPO participated as an Observer. The UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, during her briefing to Geneva Ambassadors and Heads of UN Agencies, recognized WIPO for having provided excellent support and advice on the difficult issue of technology transfer.

On February 12, WIPO GREEN organized a Global Challenges Seminar for participants of the UNFCCC negotiation as well as an exhibition in the lobby of WIPO.


AIPPI report on IP and Green Technology

The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) has recently released a report entitled, "Climate Change and Environmental Technologies - the Role of Intellectual Property, esp. Patents". The report says that fundamental changes in IP architecture and laws are not needed in order to support development, commercialization and use of climate change technologies. A more creative and vigorous implementation of the IP system is warranted, including IP asset development and strengthened innovation ecosystems in developing countries.


WIPO GREEN at AllDesign Istanbul

Ms. Yesim Baykal, Senior Program Officer, Global Challenges Division gave a talk on WIPO GREEN at AllDesign Istanbul Conference and Fair, Fatih ( on February 21.

Alldesign Conference was a major event centered around creativity, design and innovation. 6000 visitors attended over the course of three days (February 19-21). WIPO GREEN was prominently featured in the exhibition lobby.


2015 SEED Awards: Call for applications

SEED, a WIPO GREEN Partner, launched the 2015 SEED Awards for innovative start-up enterprises that aim to generate environmental, social and economic benefits at the local level. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2015.

Visit SEED's new website at


Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF)

The Licensing Executives Society International (LES), WIPO GREEN's Partner, is organizing the Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) on April 14, 2015 in Brussels. The mission of the forum is to coordinate and communicate the efforts of leading organizations seeking to promote Intellectual Property licensing and the transfer of technology to spur sustainable and equitable economic growth for the benefit of humanity.

Register online on


Competition for science and technology entrepreneurs

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) of the United States Department of State launched the 2015 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Technology-Idea (Tech-I) Competition. Aspiring innovators submit an application online and global voting public and experts choose thirty finalists for an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Winners, selected by experts at the GES, will receive mini-grants and intensive one-on-one mentorship and training. Deadline is March 20, 2015.

Contact the AAAS GIST Tech-I team at or visit


CTCN on Facebook and Twitter

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), a WIPO GREEN Partner, has launched a Facebook and Twitter account to keep its stakeholders informed about CTCN events, trainings and technical assistance. WIPO GREEN Partners and Users are encouraged to provide CTCN with information on relevant events, trainings and/or publications that they would like to be communicated to the broader CTCN community.

Twitter:  @UNFCCC_CTCN


Eco-Patent Commons cross lists technologies

The Eco-Patent Commons (EPC) has agreed to cross list more than hundred patented environmental technologies on the WIPO GREEN marketplace with royalty free access.

EPC is an initiative launched by IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes and Sony in 2008. EPC comprises eleven member companies and is hosted by the Environmental Law Institute. WIPO GREEN users will enjoy royalty free access to EPC’s technologies cross listed on WIPO GREEN marketplace. This will help promote the diffusion of green technologies and collaboration. More information about Eco-Patent Commons is available at

Access EPC technologies at: <>.


Technology of the month

Biomass plastic with flame retardancy (

Generally, bio-based plastic is combustible owing to the chemical structure. To ensure the flame retardancy, the volume and type of additives need to be optimized. This technology helps enable the flame retardancy of bio content material of the plastic.

From the viewpoint of carbon neutrality, amount of CO2 emission of bio-based plastic is lower than that of petroleum-based resins. This technology eventually contributes to the reduction of global warming.


Need of the month

Removal of organic matters from surface water (

This need has been identified as a part of WIPO GREEN's project "Needs and technology identification in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines in the wastewater treatment sector”. Hai Phong Water Supply Company and other water companies in Vietnam are facing a problem of elevated organic matters in surface water sources because of increasing pollution from industries, agro-activities and fast growing urban areas. The conventional rapid sand filtration process can remove only 30-50% of organics, so there is a need for an affordable technology for retrofitting/upgrading existing treatment plants.

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