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 PCT System, and WIPO Arbitration and Mediation services at a reduced rate for WIPO GREEN users.


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.

One of WIPO’s nine strategic goals, as set out in the Medium Term Strategic Plan and biennial Program and Budget, is “Addressing Intellectual Property in Relation to Global Policy Issues.” To this end, WIPO harnesses expertise in the global policy debates related to intellectual property, focusing on three global challenges, namely climate change, global public health, and food security. It also works with partners to contribute practical solutions. In the Program and Budget for 2012-2013, member states mandated WIPO to establish a functioning platform for open innovation and diffusion of green technologies.

WIPO’s Development Agenda mandates the organization to develop practical intellectual property (IP) tools that create solutions to environmental challenges.

WIPO GREEN was created in response to the mandate given by WIPO member states. Member states contribute by promoting the initiative in-country and contributing to the funds-in-trusts mechanism.

The WIPO GREEN Advisory Board, comprising Partners and the WIPO Secretariat, guides the activities of WIPO GREEN. The Board advises on strategy, amendments to the Charter PDF, title goes here , the classification of green technologies on the WIPO GREEN database, undertakes outreach to other networks and institutions, and more. The Advisory Board is thus an important consultative and counselling body but may not exercise any influence over WIPO’s program and budget.

WIPO GREEN database

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.

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