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The Eco-Patent Commons reaches a new milestone

I’ve talked about the Eco-Patent Commons a couple of times before, including in a recent announcement of a presentation I gave yesterday at the Licensing Executives Society (LES) USA-Canada Annual Meeting.

Fortunately my presentation happened to coincide with a press release that was issued yesterday and which announces two new members: Dow Chemical and Fuji-Xerox, as well as a new pledge by Xerox. This brings the number of members to 11 and the number of patents in the commons to 100.

As I stated before while these numbers do not demonstrate an explosion in membership and pledged patents I’m pleased to see a continuous increase on both fronts. In particular, the fact that existing members keep adding patents, beyond the initial pledge done to become a member, demonstrates a real commitment to the commons.

Based on the feedback I got and the people who came to meet me afterward, my talk at LES was very well received and spiked quite some interest. I have to say that it must have been quite a change for these people who otherwise pretty much only hear about generating more money out of their IP for three full days!

I hope all this helps spread the word on this important project. Just to give an example of a tangible impact this project already had. IBM pledged a patent on the substitution of a toxic solvent used in the manufacturing of electronic chip by a mixture of alcohol and water better for the environment. We’ve been informed that the Yale University is now using this for its quantum computing device research. How cool is that?

Please, look into it if you haven’t done so already. Participating in such a project is a great opportunity to show leadership in the protection of the environment, and looking for ways to foster sustainable development not only makes good sense, it is simply part of our social responsibility.

I’m attaching the slides I used at the conference.

Eco-Patent Commons at LES USA-Canada 2009 Annual Meeting

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October 21, 2009 Posted by | IP | 2 Comments

Eco-Patent Commons at LES Meeting in San Francisco

I’ve talked about the Eco-Patent Commons before on this blog and I just want to advertise the fact that I will be speaking about it at the upcoming LES Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

I’m always shy to point out any recordings or podcasts that get published on the web because I find it to always be a very humbling experience to hear myself speak. This may be something that’s true for about everybody but I guess even more so for those of us who have to speak in a language different from our native language.

But in an effort not to let this get in the way of shedding more light on what I think is a great project I want to say that I gave a short interview that is now posted on the meeting website. In this interview I introduce what the Eco-Patent Commons is about.

I encourage everybody to attend the meeting and learn more about this initiative. In the meantime, please, listen to the podcast and check the Eco-Patent Commons website.

As the world faces unprecedented global environmental challenges there hasn’t been a better time for everyone of us to look at what we can do to help. The Eco-Patent Commons provides a new and unique way to make an impact. I urge everybody to look into it and give it some serious consideration. It is good for everybody, including you.

And if you come around the LES meeting in a few weeks please come and meet me there.

I look forward to this event.

 

    As the world is facing unprecedented global environmental challenges there hasn’t been a better time for everyone of us to look at what we can do to help. The Eco-Patent Commons provides a new and unique way to make an impact and I urge everybody to look into it and give it some serious consideration. It is good for everybody, including you.

October 2, 2009 Posted by | IP | Leave a comment