April 30, 2009

The 2/2009 issue of WIPO Magazine is available on line through the World Intellectual Property Organization's website, and as referenced in my prior post, this particular issue focuses on green technology. The following articles (as referenced on WIPO's website, each hyperlinked for convenience) are included within the 2/2009 issue:

IP and Climate Change Negotiations: From Bali to Copenhagen, Via Poznań – This article discusses various conferences in connection with climate change, starting with a 1992 convention held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and ending with the convening of the most current Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland.

Sharing technology to meet a common challenge – This article discusses various challenges regarding the search for climate change innovations and models for sharing technology such as patent pools, licenses, and the public domain.

Climate Change – The Technology Challenge – This article discusses the role of intellectual property and innovation regarding efforts to curb the negative effects of climate change.

Towards a Green Stone Age? – This article highlights the efforts of a German engineering firm leading to the development of a granite composite material.

Patenting and Access to Clean Energy Technologies in Developing Countries – This article reference several clean energy technologies, such as photovoltaics, biofuels, and wind, and efforts to allow such technologies to be used in developing countries.

New Rice for Africa – Plant Breeding Technologies Fighting Hunger – This article discusses the two basic rice varieties used by African farmers, and a new type of rice (Nerica™) offering higher yields and faster ripening times.

From Cows to Kilowatts – A Case Study in Successful Technology Transfer – This article discusses the efforts of a Nigerian researcher to use slaughterhouse waste to generate useful biogas.

Hot Property – IP Strategies in the Solar Tech Sector – This article discusses the efforts of a Spanish photovoltaic technology company and their decisions regarding potential IP acquisition, protection, licensing, and enforcement.

Green Technologies: Electric Cars with Hydrogen Fuel Cells – This article discusses hydrogen fuel cell technology, its history, and a Canadian company's efforts to increase hydrogen's power density.

Green Design – From Cradle to Cradle – This article discusses the Cradle to Cradle™ ("C2C") certification mark as applying to certain recyclable products made in accordance with non-polluting factories.

Green Branding – Cashing in on the Eco-Market – This article references branding efforts of Australia, Chile, the EU, and Thailand in connection with green technologies.

PCT Portraits: Eco-Inventors – This article highlights the efforts of three inventors who have developed technologies regarding various "wastes".

When Innovation is Child’s Play – This article discusses the development and use of children's playground equipment that doubles as a well pump to supply fresh drinking water.

2/2009 WIPO Magazine (full issue): LINK
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