WIPO Green


Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of more than 3,200 technology managers and business executives. AUTM members — managers of intellectual property, one of the most active growth sectors of the global economy —come from more than 300 universities, research institutions and teaching hospitals as well as numerous businesses and government organizations. AUTM offers numerous opportunities to get together in person throughout the year. The AUTM Annual Meeting takes place Feb. 19-22 in San Francisco, CA and features academic institutions from all over the world and numerous industry representatives. All AUTM meetings provide ample time and resources to conduct licensing deals.

Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT)

The Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) is a training and research center at Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, Kenya.

CIPIT is: training the next generation of Kenyan IP lawyers; building the IP infrastructure of Kenya and East Africa; introducing skills that are otherwise rare or unavailable (e.g., patent drafting, Freedom to Operate and Patentability analyses, etc.); encouraging suitable IP policies in government and the private sector; and conducting original research on the impact of IP in Kenya and East Africa.

Through free-to-access programs such as an IP Clinic, an IP blog, and a website with unique IP information (e.g., the only online source of full-text, searchable Kenyan patents), CIPIT has the goal of making IP expertise accessible to all entrepreneurs and businesses.

CIPIT is the public lead institution for Creative Commons in Kenya, and is the East Africa Hub of the Open African Innovation and Research Training project (OpenAIR). CIPIT supports many sectors of industry, including green and climate change mitigation technologies, and is proud to be affiliated with WIPO:GREEN.

EcoMachines Incubator Ltd

EcoMachines Incubator is an early-stage VC fund that helps technology entrepreneurs build patent- and R&D-intensive startups from a proof-of-concept technology into a high-growth, investable company.

We focus on high-value manufacturing and advanced engineering companies that are working on solutions in energy, renewables, transportation, smart cities and industrial high-tech. We provide support through our 9-month Accelerator programme, which includes investment, mentorship and industry connections. After finishing the program, companies will have a robust strategy and will be ready to raise a bigger round of funding to continue their growth.

Our partnership with WIPO Green allows us to access entrepreneurial talent, innovation and technology market opportunities in low and middle-income economies. Based out of London, the Incubator focuses on internationally-minded entrepreneurs and startups, and seeks to connect the companies early on to international partners, markets and R&D collaboration opportunities.


FORTEC is a Brazilian strategic national network of the Technology Transfer Offices that are commited with the policies, and the culture of Intellectual Property and technology transfer dissemination, promotion and capacity building.

Established in 2006 with 43 affiliates has now a body of 213 representatives from public and private universities and research institutions.

Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative

The Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative www.ghanabamboobikes.org  designs, develop, and market bamboo bikes and frames and related products and services. The initiative offers basic course and practical lessons on building bamboo bikes as a way of encouraging entrepreneurship and providing sustainable livelihood job skills for the youth in rural Ghana.We promote the use of bamboo as an environment-friendly community-based alternative transportation option and livelihood activity for rural development through the building of safe, reliable and multi-purpose bamboo bicycles suitable for the high terrain in the rural areas and purposeful for the local needs using native bamboo. Our bamboo bikes can be used for personal or cargo transportation, as well as for commercial purposes, it can carry a much heavier load due to better design and greater strength.


Promoting clean energy innovation as well as enhancing the transfer and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies, particularly to developing countries, in order to advance sustainable development objectives and to address climate change, is a long standing priority of the work undertaken by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD).  Efforts to achieve this require a solid understanding of existing mechanisms and models as well as regulatory frameworks impacting innovation, technology diffusion and transfer, including intellectual property rights. In this context, ICTSD’s research and multi-stakeholder dialogues aim at providing timely empirical and policy-oriented analysis with a view to better informing the policy debate and identifying possible solutions that can make an effective contribution to efforts in this area and help achieve progress in relevant international processes.

Among ICTSD’s important contributions in this area, the report by UNEP, EPO and ICTSD on Patents and Clean Energy (2010) is worthwhile mentioning, as it resulted in the creation by EPO of a new patent classification scheme for clean energy technologies. More recently, ICTSD published Fast-tracking Green Patent Applications (2013) by Antoine Dechezlepr√™tre which is the first empirical analysis of various fast-tracking programmes investigating, inter alia, the impact of such programmes on the diffusion of green technologies.

ICTSD’s work in this area takes place under its Global Platform on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainable Energy which mobilizes technical and political expertise to address the nexus between trade, climate change and energy, in order to foster strong multilateral regimes that promote the transition to a low-carbon economy and a sustainable energy future. 

ICTSD is an independent non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. Established in 1996, its mission is to advance the goal of sustainable development by empowering stakeholders to influence trade policy through information, networking, dialogue, well-targeted research, technical assistance and capacity building.


The World Bank is working to end extreme poverty globally and promote shared prosperity through environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. This involves investing in opportunities for all citizens and reducing inequality, which are integral to creating prosperity and sustaining economic growth. The World Bank has positioned itself as a ‘Solutions Bank,’ calling on its extensive experience on what promotes development and what does not, working with its partners and clients to create knowledge, tools, and global support networks, incorporating feedback from beneficiaries.

infoDev, a global entrepreneurship program, adopts this same solutions based approach through working with local partners to design, implement and evaluate methods of service delivery for private sector development. infoDev develops and tests models for supporting high-growth technology ventures and fostering innovation ecosystems by working with local partners. This innovative approach to service delivery design allows infoDev to pilot new ways of providing support to high growth potential entrepreneurs, a powerful engine for economic development. Through grass roots engagement, infoDev has built a global community of technologists, entrepreneurs, policymakers, financiers, academics, governments and donors. This community is dedicated to enhancing business opportunities for innovative small and medium enterprises, promoting wealth generation and job creation as tools for poverty reduction and development.

The Climate Technology Program (CTP), run by infoDev, focuses on driving private sector growth by empowering developing countries to proactively and profitably adapt, develop and deploy climate smart technologies and business models that meet local needs. As recognized by the World Bank more broadly, green growth offers one key way of reconciling the rapid economic development required to reduce poverty and boost shared prosperity with the imperative of a better-managed environment. By working with innovative entrepreneurs developing locally appropriate climate technologies, the CTP provides opportunities  for economic growth and competitiveness in one of the fastest growing technology sectors in the world.

Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub, Africa's first internationally accredited science and technology park and a full member of the International Association of Science Parks is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency.  It was established by the Gauteng Provincial Government through its Department of Economic Development to promote socio-economic development and competitiveness in Gauteng through innovation. Strategically located in Pretoria - South Africa's executive capital and 'smart' province - The Innovation Hub's intelligent community has become a regional centre of innovation and knowledge creation, linked to the fast moving world of global interconnectivity. 

The focus areas for The Innovation Hub are information and communication technology, biosciences, green economy and industrials.  The Innovation Hub’s value-adding business support services contribute to the growth and globalisation of technology-rich enterprises in an environment that promotes innovation and enhances competitiveness for knowledge-based businesses.  Our business incubation programmes include the mobile laboratory (mLab), Maxum, the Climate Innovation Centre and the Biopark. To create a pipeline for incubation we host competitions such as Gauteng Accelerator Programme in Biosciences, Green, ICT and Medical. Our skills development programmes are CoachLab and our flagship Innov8 networking sessions.


IPEXCHANGE is an interactive online marketplace for the sale and license of intellectual property. Our vision is to encourage innovation and global transfer of technological knowledge by making IP monetization available and accessible to all IP holders, including individual inventors, startups, universities and SME’s.

IP owners can upload all their different kinds of IP and bring it to the attention of interested buyers, licensees and agents worldwide. We also offer an active online community providing free or low-cost advice and services from a global base of IP experts and professional service providers.


LES International (LESI) is a global business association made up of 32 national and regional societies, representing more than 10,000 individual members in over 90 countries, all involved in the licensing, transfer and management of intellectual property rights. Individual members include management representatives from large, medium and small companies, scientists, engineers, academics, governmental officials, lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys, and consultants.

LESI publishes a quarterly journal, les Nouvelles, hosts international, regional and national conferences throughout the year, conducts educational programs, such as licensing courses, seminars and workshops, provides mentorship opportunities with experienced professionals, and hosts the Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF).

National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI)

The main purposes of INPI Brazil are execute the rules that regulate the industrial property system in Brazil taking in account its social, economical, juridical and technical function and raise IP awareness. Some important services of INPI are the registration of trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications, computer programs, integrated circuit topographies and technology transfer contracts, besides the grant of patents.

INPI Brazil as a “Partner” can contribute with this initiative by fostering the use of WIPO Green platform and by disseminating the importance to identify new technologies related to environmental conservation that can be readily used by society, stimulating their licensing and encouraging innovation in the country.

In this context, INPI Brazil has a program called Green Patents, whose main objective is to accelerate the examination of patent applications based on green technologies. This mechanism enables the Institute to foster the development of sustainable technology by reducing the period of time for the grant of such patents.

Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA)

Since 2002 Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA) has been the global nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental leader and resource for developing countries and public interest organizations seeking pro bono expertise in intellectual property matters to promote health, agriculture, science, education, culture, biodiversity, and the environment. PIIPA has a network of 3,500 pro bono IP experts in 50 countries, and has coordinated pro bono support for 120 clients in 38 developing countries with a valuation of donated expertise and in-kind services over USD $2.1M. PIIPA is governed by a volunteer board of directors and gains additional guidance from an International Advisory Board comprised of IP thought leaders from every continent.

R20 Regions of Climate Action

The R20 is a not-for-profit organization that facilitates the creation of 'bankable' renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure projects that are attractive to investors and that produce positive environmental and socio-economic impact.

R20 works with sub-national governments, the finance sector and technology providers to: build capacity at sub-national level; determine local needs and identify projects that will address these needs; match appropriate technology solutions to projects; and support the successful development and funding of projects.

In support of WIPO GREEN, R20 represents the needs of sub-national authorities and the finance sector on the Advisory Board, and where appropriate consults to WIPO GREEN Members.

Sathguru Management Consultants

Since its genesis in 1985, Sathguru Management Consultants has distinguished itself as a multifaceted research and advisory firm providing strategic, technological and functional services to an international clientele across various sectors.

With an unparalleled pool of specialists with strong analytical competencies, vast industry experience and a successful track record, Sathguru engages with public and private enterprises in all aspects of technology management, strategic intellectual property management and technology transfer. We bring unique value through IP asset management strategies to create high social and economic impact. Sathguru establishes a new and sustainable paradigm for technologies that would change the way enterprises can develop and deliver products or services and bring about fundamental changes in critical areas of public health, food and environment.

This has resulted in Sathguru creating game-changing global partnerships with IP pools and cross-licensing for developing regions to benefit from technology access. Sathguru fosters innovation by foreseeing trends and catalyzes the enterprise’s ability to adopt these innovations.


The South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE) was initiated by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and endorsed by United Nations General Assembly as being an effective system in providing relevant development solutions.  The project is one level of UNOSSC’s 3-in-1 support and service delivery architecture for South-South cooperation. SS-GATE is a physical and Internet-based platform that securely facilitates the exchange of technologies, assets, services and financial resources between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other entities for inclusive growth of developing countries in the South. The market driven system matches demand and supply for technology transfer and finance in core areas such as infrastructure, human development, food security, global health and clean energy and environment.


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. UNIDO launched the Green Industry Initiative as a global effort to promote industrial production and development that respect human health and natural systems.

The Green Industry Initiative is scaled up and mainstreamed throughout manufacturing industries via the UNIDO-UNEP Green Industry Platform. The Platform offers a framework that brings together leaders from government, business and civil society around a set of common engagements to secure concrete commitments and mobilize action in pursuit of core Green Industry policies and practices.
UNIDO, in close cooperation with UNEP, further promotes technology transfer and sharing of best-practice via the RECPnet, a global network for promoting the widespread adaptation and adoption of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production in developing and transition economies, and the Climate Technology Centre and Network, designed to stimulate technology cooperation and to enhance the development and transfer of technologies.

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), which is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly and hosted by the United Nations Development Programme, promotes, coordinates and supports South-South and triangular cooperation with its designed 3-in-1 service support architecture.  The first pillar of this structure is the Global South-South Development Academy, an online platform through which hundreds of Southern development solutions and experts have been identified, codified and managed.  The second pillar, the Global South-South Development Expo, then serves to showcase selected successful development solutions annually at its UN system-wide event, bringing together development practitioners and representatives of the UN system, government, the private sector and civil society.  The third pillar, the South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange, a virtual and physical platform that facilitates the transfer of proven Southern development solutions through matching Southern solution seekers and providers for the transfer of technologies, development solutions and financing within a secure environment.

Villgro Innovations Foundation

Villgro is one of India’s oldest and foremost social enterprise incubators, supporting innovators and entrepreneurs during their early stages of growth. Our services have been designed around the major issues being faced by early-stage social-enterprises today − funding, talent, mentoring, and service and infrastructure providers.

Since 2001, Villgro has incubated 94 enterprises, generated around 4000 jobs, secured Rs 200 million in follow-on funding, and touched over 5 million rural lives.