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Green Technology and Intellectual Property Laws – Towards Sustainability


Going green in the present time is not just restricted to an option anymore but has become a necessity to ensure the continuous survival of human existence. Building a way forward to with the basis of environmental sustainability and strongly towards a green future can prove to be an imperative in the 21st century. The impact of climate change has pushed the citizens of the world to think and work upon an ecological environment that shall grow and flourish as the years pass. The global climate crisis has become a daunting challenge before the companies, governments as well as bureaucrats who have united in several parts of the world to combat this challenge and devise a progressively critical solution for it. This unity has resulted in innovation. The practical implications of several new ideas as well as transfer and dissemination of new technology with each passing day have come forward and are acting as a push towards global sustainability. Hence this brings to light the idea of Green Intellectual Property or ‘Green IP’.


IP rights are the fundamental hotspots for advance innovative work of innovation as they are a type of restrictive rights by moving, enlisting, authorised and secured against encroachment. Article 7 of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) appreciates the part of IP rights:

“The protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights should contribute to the promotion of technological innovation and the transfer and dissemination of technology, to the mutual advantage of producers and users of technological knowledge and in a manner conducive to social and economic welfare, and to a balance of rights and obligations.”

The basic role is to energise and advance mechanical development and affordable advantages by creating and securing Green innovation via Green IP. The term ‘Green Intellectual Property’ alludes to the assurance of development in the field of green innovation – while fostering an idea of developments for the need of the climate to be lawfully secured. The idea of companies, governments as well as bureaucrats coming together to put up a united front shows the possibility of innovation which shall help in fostering positive climate change as the same has become a matter of concern throughout the world. Thus the idea of protection of this form of innovation or if put precisely, this kind of ‘Intellectual Property’ finds itself under the perception of Green IP.

Any innovation that causes a calculable decrease in the antagonistic effect on the climate coming about because of any human movement all the while keeping up a similar degree of action can be considered as green innovation. Honestly, a viable arrangement of Green IP assurance combined with successful government strategies and commercialization approaches can give the most proficient system to the worldwide dispersion of green advances. Thinking about the bunch advantages of Green IP, in any event, non-industrial nations, including India, need to get to their IPR framework and start an extraordinary framework which speeds up the Green IP security measure. The highlights of this extraordinary framework can likewise incorporate making of an information base having advancements related distinctly to green advances, to work with trailblazers, end clients and driving parts in the field across the globe.


Fostering innovations can be considered to be one of the primary purposes of Intellectual Property Rights. They are critical to the advancement and development of technology because they are viewed as propriety rights that may be transferred, licensed, assigned and protected from infringement. The quantity of Intellectual Property applications has soar over the world, especially in the field of Patents. In 1992, there were just 25,419 applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which was overseen by WIPO; in 2011, there were an aggregate of 182,120 PCT applications. IPRs, especially licenses, have become critical resources in the advanced economy for firms attempting to acquire portions of the overall industry and control contenders. Especially green advancements are not exactly contrasted with IT innovation developments. Just encouraging advancement won’t fill a need until we corner around cultivating green developments. We as a whole depend on an intricate trap of joined regular frameworks for our prosperity. All things considered, we as a whole encounter the effects of environmental change, though to shifting degrees, and we share a duty to energise practices and arrangements that will uphold the progress to a low-carbon future.

In our excursion towards a green future, mechanical advancement is, without question, part of the arrangement. It is that piece of the arrangement that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is most effectively and straightforwardly promising, specifically through its WIPO GREEN drive.


A reasonable licensed innovation (IP) framework that supports and empowers advancement is integral to releasing the inventiveness expected to foster cleaner, greener and more productive advances. These mechanical arrangements will assume a focal part in permitting us to accomplish maintainability focuses in a world with limited regular assets and a growing worldwide populace.

WIPO GREEN was dispatched in 2013 in a bid to catalyse and speed up green innovation development and its exchange to extend the take-up and utilization of harmless to the ecosystem advances on the side of the progress to a low-carbon future.

A public-private association, WIPO GREEN joins green tech trend-setters and those looking for green arrangements, public and private elements supporting environment cordial tech, just as specialists in green advancement and other applicable fields. Through WIPO GREEN, WIPO and its accomplices offer down to earth arrangements that help the turn of events, selection, and organization of green innovation arrangements.

As an online commercial center for supportable innovation, WIPO GREEN assists with associating green innovation suppliers (for example those answerable for growing such arrangements) with innovation searchers (for example those looking for a green answer for address a specific issue), like supportable admittance to water or environment well-disposed sterilization the executives. It does this essentially through the WIPO GREEN information base, which right now includes in excess of 3,000 innovations and necessities.

Advancements with supportable improvement methodologies will likewise assume a major part in environmental change. Huge investigation has likewise been shown that protected innovation rights assume a fundamental part in environmental change moderation. Though licensed innovation rights might be seen as an accommodating instrument to support the turn of events and spread of green advancements, they may likewise be seen as a boundary to an overall work to moderate environmental change. Therefore, it is clear that protected innovation rights affect the improvement of green innovation. Green innovation is characterized as innovation that advances maintainability, diminishes ozone harming substance emanations, or helps in the fix to environmental change. Protected innovation rights might have helped with the advancement of environment evolving advances, however they have likewise supported the formation of green innovation. There is a higher mindfulness and need for naturally cordial and maintainable exercises in this day and age. Green innovation envelops a wide scope of products and frameworks. Customers who are turning out to be all the more ecologically concerned are additionally expanding their craving for ‘green’ things.

Notwithstanding the previous, an information base as a storehouse containing improvements connected to green innovation might be worked to help innovators, specialized specialists, end clients, and industry hawks everywhere. For this, authorizing green advancements are fundamental yet generally of IP Rights, permitting isn’t adequately utilized in the field of green innovation on the grounds that:

  • Deficient specialized and patent/authorizing information and abilities,
  • slight foundation,
  • absence of information concerning patent law, and so forth in the beneficiary country,
  • deficient capital and additionally monetary help,
  • absence of reasonably talented staff,
  • good economic situations.

Thus, there is a certain need to improve, create, and make our licensed innovation framework more available and advantageous all through the world by utilizing the accompanying methodologies:

  • to cultivate advancement in the field of green innovation
  • to spread and advance green innovation on a worldwide scale;
  • to convince individuals to lean toward items and administrations that utilization green innovations; and
  • to permit the fare of green innovation to different nations

Exchange related parts of protected innovation rights (TRIPS) has likewise appropriately in Article 7 expresses, the assurance and requirement of licensed innovation rights ought to add to the advancement of mechanical development and the exchange and scattering of innovation, to the shared benefit of makers and clients of mechanical information, and in a way helpful for social and financial government assistance, and to an equilibrium of rights and commitments. Excursions has not as such examined the idea of green advancement, anyway likewise endeavours ought to be made to build the utilization of green innovation in banters about manageable turn of events and environmental change inside the extent of the TRIPS Agreement’s present worldwide standards and in like manner advance green development globally. Green advances can possibly protect the climate by bringing down the potential dangers made by expanded globalization, urbanization, and human action. Therefore, it is basic that a move be made to give a most optimized plan of attack way to deal with the security of Green Intellectual Property.

IPC Green Inventory

WIPO dispatched a work on September 16, 2010. It is an online entrance connected to the International Patent Classification (IPC) framework that smoothes out patent looks for harmless to the ecosystem innovation (ESTs). The accompanying innovative classes are remembered for the IPC Green Inventory:

Elective Energy Production;

Energy Conservation;

Atomic Power Generation;


Squander Management;

Horticulture Forestry; and

Authoritative, Regulatory and Design Aspects.

Clean Energy Research Center

Started in 2009 by the United States and China to permit participation innovative work of manageable energy innovation by particular groups of analysts, researchers, and specialists from the two countries. A US-China Renewable Energy Forum has likewise been made to upgrade coordinated effort on licensed innovation issues associated with environmentally friendly power. In 2010, India and the United States officially consented to an arrangement to work together on a joint Clean Energy Research Development Center.

Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC)

A work made in 2009 by the United States and India to upgrade clean energy and address worldwide energy and ecological manageability concerns. In 2017 by growing JCERDC has started to lead the pack in supporting inventive exploration in two regions essential to improving the constancy, adaptability, and productivity of the energy dissemination framework: Smart Grids and Energy Storage.

Green Technology Pilot Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) set up it in 2009 to assist the evaluation of patent applications relating to energy preservation, natural insurance, green innovation, and fossil fuel by product decrease. The Office is done tolerating Petitions to Make Special under the Green Technology Pilot Program or demands for re-examination dependent on a deficient unique request.

The Eco-Patent Commons

In February 2008, critical worldwide enterprises like Sony, IBM, Nokia, and others dispatched an inventive green local area with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). This present local’s area will likely trade data and licenses on the climate, energy preservation, contamination aversion, reusing, and water protection. This people group is available to all taking interest associations just as outsiders, and no enlistment or notice is important to get to the ensured innovation. Nokia, for instance, has given to the local area a patent for reusing cell phones. This patent is accessible in “The Eco-Patent Commons,” where outsiders can get to it without paying an eminence charge. At present, the lodge didn’t expand the dissemination of vowed innovations, and that the Eco PC experienced various primary and hierarchical issues.

These projects likewise assume a significant part in advancing and dispersing data of advancements which advances reasonable turn of events. Besides, a powerful Green IP framework, with government drives and popularized methods, may give the most effective establishment to green advancements.

As referenced in this above, post 2009, a few created states, for example, UK, USA, Korea, Australia, Japan and Canada have carried out techniques to facilitate ‘green’ patent applications. The Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) set up a pilot drive to speed up green patent applications in April 2012. The objective is to advance green innovation development by offering inventive merchandise for sale to the public all the more rapidly.

Given the various advantages of Green IP, non-industrial countries, including India, should fabricate and get to their IP framework, just as forcefully rush the way toward allowing Green IP insurance. Additionally, WIPO Green is a WIPO-made mechanical commercial center intended to speed the transformation, selection, and organization of ecological arrangements, especially in poor and arising economies. Different benefits incorporate straightforward admittance to innovation, specialized help, authorizing, and monetary guide. The WIPO GREEN drive advances bundle innovation permit arrangements for green advances to upgrade and further develop their utilization internationally, especially in helpless nations. Their significant objective is to set up a worldwide organization that energizes associations with firms that are devoted to giving a bundle that incorporates critical viewpoints, for example, patent permitting, proprietary innovations, specialized documentation, preparing programs, etc.

A decent IP procedure can encourage development in each area, especially in quick creating businesses like green innovation. Optimizing green patent application with no expanding cost of patent candidates and liberal standards can trigger the interaction of green developments. The way that environmental change impacts each and every person in the world, just as people in the future, recognizes green innovation from customary innovation and legitimizes uncommon thought. Licensed innovation laws without a doubt impact the turn of events and spread of green advances. The inquiry is whether the effect hinders or supports the development of green innovation dispersal, and provided that this is true, if the impact requires and legitimises carrying out activities to upgrade improvement. Solid licensed innovation security helps the turn of events, reception, and dispersal of green advances. Non-renewable assets are being drained at a disturbing rate, and their stockpile is restricted. To both encourage green advancement and assurance that its benefits are evenly dispersed, protected innovation ought to be found with regards to fitting laws, skilled foundations, and HR, as opposed to on conventional good contemplations.

Present Article has been authored by ;

Ms. Shreya Saxena

[Intern, Vidhiśāstras- Advocates and Solicitors]

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