In 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched WIPO GREEN, a marketplace for sustainable technology. Its central element is an online platform which contributes to the diffusion of green technologies. WIPO GREEN connects providers with seekers of such technologies. The platform consists of a database which lists green technologies, a network of interested parties, as well as specific WIPO GREEN projects.
The IPI has been an official partner of WIPO GREEN since the end of 2019. Thanks to this partnership, the IPI can have an input into shaping WIPO GREEN and can actively contribute (for example with assisted patent searches) to the diffusion of green technologies. The partnership with WIPO GREEN is also part of the IPI’s contribution to the achievement of the UN’s sustainable development goals.
Green technologies are essential for solving what are known as global challenges, for example adapting to climate change or sustainable agriculture. WIPO GREEN not only provides access to market-ready, IP protected technologies, but also strives to further the development of new sustainable technologies as a whole.
WIPO GREEN supports specific projects in various fields of technology and in various regions.
One of their Acceleration Projects involves the introduction of environmentally-friendly technologies for agriculture in several South American countries, e.g. for:
- wine production in Chile
- crop rotation, soil re-carbonisation and livestock farming in Argentina
- soil conservation and ecological agriculture in Brazil
For their projects, WIPO GREEN works together with local IP offices and other local partners to source climate-friendly technologies which are suitable for the individual challenges.
Harmonisation and partial revision of guidelines as of 1 July 2023
Conference on Intellectual Property & Sustainability at the University of Geneva
Symposium: "Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – NFTs not your cup of tea? Well, they should: NFTs as a new way of fighting counterfeiting and piracy"