Want to know how IBM ships electronics without Styrofoam? Or how Nokia pillages the parts of your old cell phones for use in other electronics devices? The information is now yours for the taking.
In a partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), IBM, Sony, Nokia, and Pitney Bowes are giving away the rights to 31 environmental technology patents to anyone willing to use them.
Inspired by open source movement behind Creative Commons and the Linux OS, the WBCSD and these companies believe that by sharing patents that reduce pollution and waste, they will provide a spawning ground for new collaborations in efficiency and sustainability.
And this is just the beginning of this kind of intellectual property sharing – other corporations with environmental technology are being actively recruited to join the Eco-Patent Commons.
written by weee, January 22, 2008
written by Carl Foner, January 22, 2008
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