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HP joins Eco-Patent Commons

More than 100 environmentally beneficial patents now in the public domain

1 Jul 2010 -- HP has joined the Eco-Patent Commons, a unique business initiative designed to foster eco-efficiency and environmental sustainability through the pledging of environmentally beneficial patents to the public domain. The Eco-Patent Commons was launched by IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes and Sony in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in January 2008.

The three patents being contributed by HP are:

"We are very pleased that HP has joined this initiative and made multiple patents available," said Björn Stigson, president of the WBCSD. "The premise of the Commons is that the free sharing of these patents leads to new collaborations and innovation aimed at helping others become more eco-efficient and/or operate in a more sustainable way."

To date, over 100 patents have been made available that benefit the environment in areas such as energy efficiency and conservation, waste reduction and recycling. Patents pledged to the Eco-Patent Commons may involve innovations directly related to environmental solutions or may be innovations in manufacturing or business processes where the solution also provides an environment benefit, such as pollution prevention or the more efficient use of materials or energy. The contributing companies represent a variety of industries worldwide and include: Bosch, Dow, DuPont, Fuji Xerox, HP, IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes, Ricoh, Sony, Taisei and Xerox.

Membership in the Eco-Patent Commons is open to all individuals and companies willing to pledge their patents. The selection and submission of each organization's patents for pledging is at the organization's discretion. The pledged portfolio and the instructions on how to become a member are available on a dedicated, public website hosted by the WBCSD at http://www.wbcsd.org/web/epc (link resides outside of ibm.com).

Member companies and the WBCSD invite other interested companies to become members of the Eco-Patent Commons and participate in this initiative promoting innovation and collaboration to help protect the planet.