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563 pledged patents have been uploaded to the WIPO Green database

The Low Carbon Patent Pledge (LCPP) is pleased to announce that 563 pledged patents covering a range of sustainable and low-carbon energy technologies have been uploaded to the WIPO Green database.  LCPP technologies have been licensed for no-cost use by international technology firms including Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Microsoft, Meta, JP Morgan Chase, Micro Focus, Majid al Futtaim, Ant Group, UPS, Alibaba, Viavi Solutions, Lenovo and Panasonic and cover technologies in areas as diverse as data center cooling, fuel cells, automated wind farms and home automation.

2022 Innotech Forum
Brett Alten, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

The Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan invited Brett Alten (HPE, SVP, Chief IP Counsel) to speak as a Distinguished Guest at the Taiwan Innotech Expo 2022 on October 14, 2022. The Expo focused on “Maximising ‘Net Zero’ IP Value in Taiwan” and ways to integrate green tech into your intellectual property management strategy. Brett joined the Expo virtually and discussed the origin of the Low Carbon Patent Pledge, how it can impact your organization, and what may be next. Video of the session is available below.

Panasonic joins the Low Carbon Patent Pledge to accelerate climate solutions

The Low Carbon Patent Pledge announced today that Panasonic joined the pledge. The Low Carbon Patent Pledge was launched on Earth Day 2021 by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Microsoft, and Meta (formerly Facebook) to promote low carbon technologies and foster collaborative innovation. The addition of Panasonic and the patents they bring to the pledge helps to broaden the coverage of the pledge and to support the adoption and use of low carbon energy sources. 

UPS, Lenovo, Alibaba, VIAVI Solutions and the Ant Group join the Low Carbon Patent Pledge to accelerate climate solutions

The Low Carbon Patent Pledge announced today that five new members joined the pledge — UPS, Lenovo, Alibaba, VIAVI Solutions and the Ant Group.  The Low Carbon Patent Pledge was launched on Earth Day 2021 by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Microsoft, and Meta (formerly Facebook) to promote low carbon technologies and foster collaborative innovation.

Intellectual Property Owners Spring Summit
March 10, 2022

The Low Carbon Patent Pledge will be a topic in the panel discussion on Thursday, March 10, at the 5th annual Intellectual Property Owners Spring Summit. Brett Alten (HPE), Allen Lo (Meta Platforms), and Corey Salsberg (Novartis) will be speaking at The Power of Corporate Pledges session moderated by Dr. Bowman Heiden from the University of California, Berkeley. This session will discuss the origin of pledges, how they can impact your organization, and whether they work. More information on the Summit program is available below.

HPE IP chief on why making green patents free is ‘force for good’
November 29, 2021

Brett Alten, chief intellectual property counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, talks to Managing IP about recruiting companies to join the low-carbon patent pledge and what he wants from outside counsel. HPE helped launch the Low Carbon Patent Pledge in April 2021 alongside counsel from Microsoft and Facebook.

Companies that sign on can grant royalty-free patent licenses to any parties that want to use the technologies for the generation, storage, or distribution of low-carbon energy from solar, wind, ocean, hydropower or geothermal sources.

JPMorgan Chase, Micro Focus, and Majid Al Futtaim join the Low Carbon Patent Pledge to accelerate climate solutions
October 7, 2021

The Low Carbon Patent Pledge announced today that JPMorgan Chase, Micro Focus, and Majid Al Futtaim are helping combat climate change by making key patents freely available to anyone using low carbon technologies.  That brings the total number of companies who have joined the Pledge to 6. The Pledge was launched on Earth Day 2021 by Hewlett Packard  Enterprise (HPE), Microsoft, and Facebook with the mission of promoting low carbon technologies and fostering collaborative innovation.   Click here for full press release

American University Assumes Stewardship of the Low Carbon Patent Pledge
August 4, 2021

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) at American University Washington College of Law is pleased to announce that effective August 4th, 2021, it has assumed stewardship of the Low Carbon Patent Pledge (lowcarbonpatentpledge.org). PIJIP is hosting the pledge in partnership with the Program on Intellectual Property Law and Policy at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Helios IP is endorsing the Low Carbon Patent Pledge and provides their IP Tools solution for visitors to view details of the pledged patents.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Facebook and Microsoft grant free patent access for low-carbon innovators
April 22, 2021

Announced on Earth Day, the Low-Carbon Patent Pledge aims to accelerate breakthrough technologies to address climate change

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