WASHINGTON International Business Machines
Corp, Pitney Bowes Inc and other major companies will allow
free use of 31 patents designed to reduce pollution, the
pro-ecology World Business Council for Sustainable Development
announced on Monday.
IBM, which is spearheading the plan, is donating 27 patents
to the Eco-Patent Commons, which will be maintained by the
World Business Council.
One of the patents is for a cardboard packaging that
replaces styrofoam peanuts.
"It's strong enough to protect a sensitive instrument but
lighter and takes up less space," said IBM spokesman Steven
Malkiewicz. "It's clearly more economical if you look at the
IBM has a huge patent portfolio, with 3,148 granted last
year alone, according to IFI Patent Intelligence.
Pitney Bowes gave two patents. One extends the life of
electronic scales to keep them out of landfills while the other
is an ink jet technology that economizes on ink, said spokesman
Pitney Bowes was looking at its 3,400 patents to see if
others could be donated. "We've got a huge patent portfolio.
These were easy to pick off the shelf," he said.
Sony and Nokia each donated one patent, said the business
(Reporting by Diane Bartz, editing by Richard Chang)