The phrases “global warming” and “climate change” have seized our consciousness and some are applying IP to find a solution. In an encouraging, innovative move Stamford-based Pitney Bowes Inc., IBM, Nokia and Sony Corp. have started the “Eco-Patent Commons,” a website which serves as a forum for the sharing of ecologically sound patents. The patents can be accessed on the Business Council for Sustainable Development Web site which will allow others to modify existing products; as well as put up their own ideas which may be improved upon and commercialized. Patents relating to printers which use less ink and batteries which last longer have been made available amongst others.
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