WIPO Green

Frequently Asked Questions

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. Our mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all.

WIPO GREEN is a specialized platform administered by WIPO.

WIPO GREEN consists of an online database and network that brings together a wide range of players in the green technology innovation value chain, and connects owners of new technologies with individuals or companies looking to commercialize, license or otherwise access or distribute a green technology.

WIPO GREEN is unique because it assembles in one place technologies at all stages of development, from upstream research to marketable products (and everything in between). These technologies are available for license, collaboration, joint ventures and sale.

WIPO GREEN’s objective is to become a go-to platform for green technologies, which it is on the way to achieving thanks to its growing network of partners and innovative collaborations with major global technology databases.

There is no fee for the foreseeable future. If the question of fees for technology providers is reconsidered in future, no fee will be introduced without first offering existing users an opportunity to withdraw their membership. SMEs and academic institutions would, in any case, be offered a substantial discount as would institutions from developing countries.

“Green” technologies are environmentally sound technologies as defined in Chapter 34 of Agenda 21 (The United Nations Program of Action from Rio, 1992). Green technologies “protect the environment, are less polluting, use all resources in a more sustainable manner, recycle more of their wastes and products, and handle residual waste in a more acceptable manner than the technologies for which they were substitutes”.

One of the main purposes of WIPO GREEN is to facilitate the transfer of environmentally sound technologies. Services to support transactions are crucial. WIPO GREEN offers a Roster of Service Providers, access to WIPO services such as capacity building in areas related to intellectual property management, multi-jurisdictional patent filing via the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and WIPO Arbitration and Mediation services at a reduced rate for WIPO GREEN users.

All technologies uploaded to the WIPO GREEN database remain the property of the rights holder/s. It is up to the rights holder and the collaborating parties to structure agreements in the manner they feel is most appropriate and effective.

No. Any licensing of particular trade secrets will be governed by individually negotiated agreements.

WIPO GREEN is funded from the regular budget of WIPO and existing WIPO program resources have been used for most of the project elements. Contributions from the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) served to accelerate the development of the WIPO GREEN database, and Funds-in-Trust from the Government of Japan contributed to the implementation of regional fora around green technologies in the Asia-Pacific Region (Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Thailand). Funds-in-Trust from Brazil contributed to a regional forum in Brazil.

There are different levels of engagement. Contact us if you want to get involved in WIPO GREEN. You can contribute information to the WIPO GREEN database about your green technologies and/or needs. You may be able to contribute by providing advice or services to WIPO GREEN users and list your services on the WIPO GREEN Roster of Service Providers. You may also wish to consider joining as a partner by endorsing the Charter in writing and specifying how you intend to contribute to the future success of WIPO GREEN. Finally, you are encouraged to contribute by sending us your views and feedback.