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Collaboration with WIPO GREEN

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The Japan Patent Office (JPO) participates as a partner in the online platform WIPO GREEN to promote the utilization of green technologies, which is run by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The JPO will work together with WIPO to continuously strive to facilitate the spread of green technologies in the world.

Contribution to the SDGs by WIPO

WIPO, as a special agency of the United Nations (UN), intends to contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by making use of intellectual property.

image:WIPO and the Sustainable Development Goals
WIPO and the Sustainable Development Goals

WIPO GREEN

WIPO GREEN was launched in 2013 for the purpose of supporting the development and the diffusion of environmental innovation. Through its online database and regional activities, WIPO GREEN connects green tech seekers and providers. At present, the WIPO GREEN database with more than 3,600 technologies, needs and experts registered is utilized by more than 1,400 users across the world.

Partners

Over 100 organizations, including government agencies, industry groups, companies, universities and research institutions, have joined the international network of WIPO GREEN partners. Partners are members of the WIPO GREEN Advisory Board, who work together with WIPO to lead discussions at WIPO GREEN. They play a key role, offering support and advice on the WIPO GREEN activities.

For the details about WIPO GREEN partners, please refer to the following page on the WIPO GREEN website:
WIPO GREEN Partners(External link)

Activities of Japanese Partners

At present, 23 partners from Japan have joined WIPO GREEN. The following are some of the partner activities. (The order of the articles, other than that of the JPO, is aligned with WIPO GREEN Partner list.)

* Articles other than that of the JPO is based on the information provided by partners. JPO is not responsible for the accuracy of the contents.

Japan Patent Office (JPO)

The JPO joined WIPO GREEN as a partner on February 19, 2020. The JPO is looking forward to WIPO’s great contributions to SDGs.

The JPO will further deepen the cooperative relationship with WIPO and WIPO Japan Office, actively support activities of WIPO GREEN, and work on disseminating environmental technologies.

photo:Signing Ceremony of WIPO GREEN Partnership Agreement
Signing Ceremony of WIPO GREEN Partnership Agreement

 

Canon Inc.

Under its corporate philosophy "Kyosei" and environmental vision "Action for Green", Canon has been promoting environmental initiatives, including recycling of consumables for printers and office multifunction devices. Through its technological innovation, Canon will contribute to the realization of a society in which both affluent lifestyles and the global environment coexist.

As part of these efforts, Canon joined WIPO GREEN as a partner company in December 2019, and at the same time, registered 28 technologies developed by Canon relating to bioplastics and recycled plastics in the WIPO GREEN database. Canon plans to expand the number of registered technologies in the future.

Through this database, Canon expects that corporations and individuals who require technologies related to environmental protection will utilize Canon's technologies and contribute to global environmental measures.

image:Canon Environmental Vision
Canon Environmental Vision

image:Flowchart of Canon's Circular Economy
Flowchart of Canon's Circular Economy

 

Daicel Corporation ~Introduction of resin suitable for plating ~

Daicel’s resin suitable for plating, whose technology is listed on WIPO GREEN Database, provides a plated resin with beautiful appearance, high heat resistance and high durability.

We can plate the resin under mild acid conditions so that chromic acid (hexavalent chromium compound) is not necessary for plating. By not using chromic acid, we can reduce the risk of health hazard to humans and the impact on environments such as soil pollution and water pollution, and can also save a lot of water used for recovery and washing of chromic acid.

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Plated resin

image:Physical properties of plated resin (Higher heat resistance)
Physical properties of plated resin (Higher heat resistance)

 

Daikin Industries, Ltd ~Introduction of patent non-assertion pledge for equipmant using R-32 refrigerant ~

R-32 refrigerant, can reduce about 75% of total global warming impact comparing to conventional refrigerants, R-22 and R-410A, as R-32 has a lower GWP and could reduce refrigerant charge. It is also easy to recycle so that it could contribute to the realization of sustainable society.

Daikin has selected R-32 as the most appropriate refrigerant for residential and commercial air-conditioners. In 2012, Daikin launched the world’s first R-32 residential air-conditioner. Then, Daikin provided free access to 93 of R-32 equipment patents in order that all manufactures can make and sell R-32 air-conditioner. For some emerging countries, Daikin has conducted technical training together with United Nation’s organizations and governments. In July 2019, Daikin announced non-assertion pledge for about 180 of R-32 equipment patents. Daikin listed these patents on the WIPO GREEN database to make R-32 more widely available so that climate impact could be mitigated further.

Daikin aims to disseminate our environmental technology as a partner of WIPO GREEN.

Daikin’s pledge (External link) (As of 17 April 2020)

Example of a project collaborated with emerging country governments and international organizations in Thailand

photo:Project Launch Ceremony for technical training with Thai government
Project Launch Ceremony for technical training with Thai government

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Technical training

 

Fujitsu Limited

In order to achieve the SDGs, Fujitsu believes it is important not only to utilize the environmental technologies by itself, but also to spread them more broadly throughout society through collaboration with many other players.

In light of this belief, Fujitsu joined WIPO GREEN, as a partner in September 2017, and has since registered over 500 intellectual property assets related to environmental technology in the WIPO GREEN database and has concluded 46 patent licensing agreements with 6 organizations.

Fujitsu also conduct e-learning and workshops on SDGs, utilizing information of its activities and needs related to WIPO GREEN as material for in-house education.

photo:The singing event of licensing agreement with Kyushu University
The singing event of licensing agreement with Kyushu University

photo:Dialog based workshop “Fujitsu Mirai Kaigi”
Dialog based workshop “Fujitsu Mirai Kaigi”

 

Green Science Alliance Co.,Ltd. ~Introduction of 100% Nature Biomass based Biodegradable Resin~

Green Science Alliance developed 100% nature biomass based biodegradable resin, and registered the technoolgy in the WIPO GREEN database. This technolgy is applicable to many kinds of products, including nano cellulose composite, various types of biomass waste based resin, non edible biomass resource based resin, and 100% biomass based coating material.

Green Science Alliance also made biomass based biodegradable resin which can be used for mass production of raw materials with most of the molding procedure.

photo:100% Nature Biomass based Biodegradable Resin
100% Nature Biomass based Biodegradable Resin

Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi proposes and advocates a new IP concept “IP for society” toward SDGs and Society5.0. The concept aims to design future society and declares certain IP highly public in nature open in order to solve social issues.

As a part of its IP activity under the concept, Hitachi joined WIPO GREEN as a contributing partner in December, 2019. Mr. Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO of Hitachi, had met with Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO, in February, 2019 and discussed IP in the new era. Hitachi will continue to promote new IP activities to realize sustainable society.

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IP for society

photo:Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO and Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO of Hitachi
Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO and Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO of Hitachi

 

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)

JPAA endorsed a technology transfer platform, WIPO GREEN, operated by WIPO, and became a WIPO GREEN partner in February 2016. In 2017, JPAA held a workshop on WIPO GREEN including scheme using WIPO GREEN in supporting international technology transfer of green technology as a patent attorney etc. for JPAA members. Further, in the same year, JPAA made a leaflet of WIPO GREEN and distributed to its members.

photo:WIPO GREEN Partner Signing Ceremony
WIPO GREEN Partner Signing Ceremony

photo:Flyer distributed to JPAA members
Flyer distributed to JPAA members

 

Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation (JIPII)

JIPII actively joins the dialogues at Advisory Board Meeting for improving WIPO GREEN and constitutes the network of Japanese stakeholders in Green-tech developers and Tech-transfer experts to disseminate WIPO GREEN in Japan.

JIPII also promotes WIPO GREEN to Japanese SMEs and Universities and increase the number of excellent technology seeds in the database. It also introduces the Green-tech needs of developing countries to Japanese stakeholders, promotes the users’ matchmaking, and supports their information exchange.

photo:Participation in WIPO GREEN side event at the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 22, 2016, Marrakesh)
Participation in WIPO GREEN side event at the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 22, 2016, Marrakesh)

photo:Paticipation in matchmaking events :Kenya Climate Innovation Center in Nairobi, 2016
Paticipation in matchmaking events
Kenya Climate Innovation Center in Nairobi, 2016

photo:Paticipation in matchmaking events :Asian Development Bank in Manila, 2018
Paticipation in matchmaking events
Asian Development Bank in Manila, 2018

 

Konica Minolta, Inc.

Konica Minolta (KM) has made know-how of environmental management available as an open resource to more than 1,000 companies. Then, KM has joined WIPO GREEN as a partner on December 5, 2019 to promote SDGs in the intellectual property field.

Also, KM has registered patents related to film mirrors for concentrating solar power (CSP) generation and dye sensitized solar cells that can generate power even under low illuminance in WIPO GREEN.

While the corporate IP division of KM plays a key role seeking a model for the use of IP in the new era, KM will help to achieve the SDGs by using KM’s proprietary environment-related technologies.

photo:Film Mirrors for CSP
Film Mirrors for CSP

image:Dye Sensitized Solar Cells
Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

 

Meiji University Center for Polymer Science ~ Introduction of Membrane technology for separating and recovering CO2~

The development of technology to separate and capture carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, must be achieved for solving global environmental issues. Meiji University Center for Polymer Science is conducting the research on CO2 separation membranes and registering the related technologies in the WIPO GREEN database. By simply passing exhaust gas through a plastic thin film, CO2 and other gases are separated and the recovered CO2 is recycled as a resource.

This center has been synthesizing various plant-based plastics as an alternative to fossil-based materials. One of them is synthesized from rice. Separation membranes can also be used for the separation and purification of hydrogen gas, which is clean energy, and methane gas, which is used as city gas.

image:Recovery and effective utilization of CO2 by membrane separation
Recovery and effective utilization of CO2 by membrane separation

photo:Rice-based membrane for CO2 separation
Rice-based membrane for CO2 separation

 

Panasonic Corporation~Introduction of in-water radical generating device by discharge plasma~

In-water radical generating device by discharge plasma technology, which is listed on the WIPO GREEN database, contributes to such as water reuse or prevention of water pollution through the water purification, and also, improvement of air quality by decomposing odor substance.

This technology can be utilized for treating a water by applying a high voltage pulse to a pair of discharge electrode in the water so that bubbles are generated in the water.

The bubbles contain OH radicals and other reactive oxygen species, and these species penetrate into the water to purify and sterilize the water and decompose microorganisms.

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System architecture

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Application

 

Shiseido Company, Limited

Shiseido’s new research hub, the Shiseido Global Innovation Center (GIC, also referred to as S/PARK), commenced full-scale operation in Yokohama, Japan, in April 2019. Shiseido strives to accomplish our corporate mission, BEAUTY INNOVATIONS FOR A BETTER WORLD, at this open lab.

Since becoming inspired by its open framework, Shiseido joined WIPO GREEN as the first partner company from the cosmetics industry in March 2020.

photo: S/PARK was established on the 1st and 2nd floors of the GIC under the theme of being a “Place to Encounter the Inspirations of Beauty.”
S/PARK was established on the 1st and 2nd floors of the GIC under the theme of being a “Place to Encounter the Inspirations of Beauty.”

photo: Labs which enable flexible and diverse working styles
Labs which enable flexible and diverse working styles

 

Shobayashi International Patent and Trademark Office (SIPTO)

In March 2020, the Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office (SIPTO) is the first office in the world that to become a WIPO GREEN partner among private patent offices. While a large number of Japanese companies have been providing excellent environmental technologies into the WIPO GREEN database, the SIPTO is ready to perform consultations for the purpose of matching and licensing in WIPO GREEN mechanisms that promote cooperation of these technology providers with technology seekers.

The SIPTO has lenghty and successful experience in providing advice for strategic usage of intellectual property to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), patent licensing between companies, and helping SMEs seek business partners to affiliate with. SIPTO contributes to the WIPO GREEN initiative by utilizing its characteristic expertise that traditional patent offices do not have.

image:WIPO GREEN partner arenas
WIPO GREEN partner arenas
(From WIPO GREEN Strategic Plan 2019-2023)

image:Partners’ rolls on WIPO GREEN
Partners’ rolls on WIPO GREEN

 

Toyo Aluminium Ekco Products Co., Ltd.

Toyo Aluminium Ekco Products manufactures and sells household products and packaging products. In addition, it has been further promoting eco-friendly products, and proactively working on the SDGs set by UN Member States.

As a part of this, Toyo Aluminium Ekco Products supports WIPO GREEN's activities as a partner, and registered some of its eco-friendly technologies (paper containers *Fig.1 and water purification device *Fig.2) in WIPO GREEN's database.

photo:Fig.1 Paper containers (press molding)
Fig.1 Paper containers (press molding)

image:Fig.2 Water purification device (purifying rainwater using sunlight)
Fig.2 Water purification device (purifying rainwater using sunlight)

 

Toyota Industries Corporation ~Introduction of Solar Heat Collection Tube~

Solar Heat Collection Tube is a key component of a concentrating solar thermal power generation system(FIG.1) that collects sunlight with a reflector and extracts high-temperature heat. Toyota Industries Corporation’s solar heat collection tubes(FIG.3) , whose technology is listed on the WIPO GREEN database, have a selective absorption film that efficiently absorbs sunlight, contributing to the extracting of thermal energy of 400℃ or higher.

image:FIG.1 Parabolic trough type concentrating solar power system (From NEDO Renewable Energy Technology White Paper)
FIG.1 Parabolic trough type concentrating solar power system (From NEDO Renewable Energy Technology White Paper)

photo:FIG.2 Sunlight concentrator
FIG.2 Sunlight concentrator

 

photo:FIG.3 Heat collection tube
FIG.3 Heat collection tube
 

Waseda University Environmental Research Institute ~Introduction of Ultra Light-weight Vehicle (ULV)~

The expectation for next-generation mobility is growing in the measure about low carbonation and the smart community of a transportation section. The Ultra Light-weight Vehicle (ULV), whose technology is listed on the WIPO GREEN database by Waseda University Environmental Research Institute, is developed based on the concept of “under an automobile more than a bicycle.” ULV is based on Electric Vehicle (EV), but the concept of Multi-PM (Prime Mover) has been introduced on it. Research on air engine drive ULV is also being conducted.

Furthermore, the development as self-driving ULV is in progress in Waseda University Environmental Research Institute.

photo:Ultra Lightweight Vehicle 1

photo:Ultra Lightweight Vehicle 2

Ultra Lightweight Vehicle

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[Last updated 7 July 2020]

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