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World Intellectual Property Organization

Network member number:
N0004
Acronym:
WIPO
Address:
34, Chemin des Combattants 1211 Geneva 20 Switzerland
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Type of organisation:
Intergovernmental organisation

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. It is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 187 member states. WIPO’s 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. The mandate of the organization, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.

Organisation name (local):
Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle
Acronym (local):
OMPI
Active in:
Worldwide

Contributions

  • Ratiometric optical dual oxygen and pH sensor with three emission colors

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Background: The efficiency of biofuel production depends on the photosynthetic activity of microbes; to maximize their growth it is necessary to continually monitor the environmental conditions. Traditional monitoring methods (such as using electrodes to measure CO2 consumption and/or O2 generation) are typically time- and labor-intensive have low throughput and often require special devices. It would be desirable to simultaneously measure several parameters with a simple robust multiplexed high throughput sensor.

  • Low Impact Development (LID) solutions system called Drainage Block

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    This invention is a Low Impact Development (LID) solutions system called Drainage Block that is effective for retention of rainfall on paved areas in average as well as in extreme conditions. The system is developed for roof runoff but the general idea can also be applied to delay runoff from roads parking lots and in small canals. The Drainage Block is very well applicable in a modular system. Modular application in large paved areas will create nearly endless possibilities to spread the runoff from rainstorm events.

  • Method and System for the Quantitative Chemical Speciation of Mercury and Other Toxic Pollutants

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    The invention is a portable flow-system device which includes a gold and/or sulfur nanoparticle-based substrate to capture a sample (air water). The device is then mounted on a modified mass spectrometer to obtain both qualitative and quantitative chemical speciation date for mercury or other toxic pollutants contained in the sample.

  • A compact device for detecting cellular stress induced by toxic chemicals

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    This technology describes an E. coli biocapacitor chip device and a method for determining cellular stress induced by toxic chemicals at chemical-biocapacitor interface. This interface contains living bacterial cells that interact with toxic chemicals and change their electrical properties depending upon the toxic nature of the chemical. The biocapacitor then captures this signal that enables distinguishing toxic from non-toxic chemicals to the living cells. There are a variety of known methods to detect and measure the toxicity.

  • A compact and efficient biosensor for the detection of chemical and/or biological waste.

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Affinity sensors are being used in practice for the detection and quantification of target molecules in complex mixtures by affinity-based interactions. Since the said method is inexpensive and fast besides enables label-free detection and low sample consumption there is an effort for enhancement of this technology. The technology we present herein overcomes several obstacles specific to this technology such as low sensitivity and detection ranges and high noise level that is sometimes greater than the signal induced by the sensor.

  • Device for Measuring the Acidity of Airborne Contaminants

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Invention: The University of Florida is seeking companies interested in commercializing faster and more cost-efficient technique and for measuring the acidity of airborne materials. This technology uses an innovative technique of colorimetry to respond to the change in acidity of filter samples. Unlike existing products there is no need for the traditional processing steps to attain the measurements with the pH method or ion chromatography method.

  • Punchcard Programmable Microfluidics

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Background: This light-weight hand-held mechanical microfluidic device is designed to perform complex protocols in low resource settings without a power source or external control element. Developed by researchers in Prof. Manu Prakash’s laboratory the system uses an interchangeable punch card tape to both pump the fluid and direct its flow. This general purpose technology can be used in single phase and multi-phase microfluidics for diagnostic medical device or environmental monitoring applications.

  • Robust Biological and Chemical Detection Method and Microfluidic Device with Liquid Crystal Sensing Element

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Background: Detecting chemical and biological agents at low levels is important in military applications drug enforcement airport security and environmental monitoring. A variety of devices and methods currently are employed for this purpose. For example gas chromatography has been implemented widely into airport security since 2001 for chemical detection of explosives and nucleic acid detection methods have been employed by U.N. officials to identify biological weapons.

  • Spectroscopic Detection of Water Contaminants Using Glow Discharges from Liquid Microelectrodes

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Background: Threats to drinking water supplies from industrial and biochemical pollutants have created the need for rapid on-site tools that detect and analyze trace contaminants in water. Current protocols for assessing water quality typically require transport of water samples to a laboratory for analysis with a plasma spectrometer. In plasma spectroscopy a water sample is sprayed into a high-frequency RF inductively-coupled plasma.

  • Early Rapid Detection of Cyanobacteria Contamination in Water Systems

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Brief Description: Geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) frequently contaminate global fresh water drinking supplies and fish raised by aquaculture methods. Estimated losses to US fish farmers are valued at approximately $60 million per year. This is due to the tainting of the flesh of farmed fish from geosmin and/or 2-MIB contaminations produced by cyanobacteria. Although nontoxic to humans geosmin and 2-MIB are generally associated with an undesirable musty or muddy taste and odor which indicates their presence.

  • Nanoengineered chemical sensors offer superior detection of environmental pollutants hydrogen and other industrial chemicals

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Detection of chemicals in air such as industrial pollutants poisonous gases chemical fumes volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and trace explosives is vital for the health and safety of communities around the world; however current methods of detection lack the sensitivity selectivity and cost benefits to be viable options. Techniques such as mass spectrometry and Raman/infrared-absorption based techniques are sensitive but require large technology footprints trained operators and lengthy processing times.

  • Smart Leaf Technology - Floating Semiconductor Membranes for Wireless Sensing

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Background: Sensors currently used for detecting the presence of a given analyte such as a toxin in solution or in air require direct contact with a power supply. Distributed sensing systems or “sensor networks” are an emerging technology that promise the ability to wirelessly monitor and manipulate an environment via a spatially distributed network of small and inexpensive sensor nodes.

  • A Multiple Beam Lidar for Wind Measurement

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Light detection and ranging (LIDAR) is an optical remote sensing technology that can measure atmospheric properties by illuminating the target with laser light and analyzing the backscattered light. Current wind LIDAR systems operate on a fundamental concept of Doppler shifts and involve sophisticated expensive equipment. Other available systems require multiple spatially separated LIDAR sensors and expensive data acquisition systems to make wind profile measurements.