The Eco-Patent Commons

Important Statement from the Board:
Eco-Patent Commons to Cease Active Operations Effective May 18, 2016


The Eco-Patent Commons provides a unique opportunity for business to share innovation that can foster sustainable development. It was designed to facilitate the use of existing innovation that is protective of the environment, and encourage collaboration for new innovation through an online collection of environmentally beneficial patents pledged by the member companies for free use by anyone.

Since the launch of the Eco-Patent Commons by IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes, Sony and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in January 2008, about 100 patents have been pledged by 11 companies representing a variety of industries worldwide: Bosch, Dow, Fuji-Xerox, HP, IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes, Ricoh, Sony, Taisei and Xerox. The Environmental Law Institute became the host organization in 2013.