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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

  • Fuel Cell System for Aircraft Propulsion

    Type: 
    Product

    Background: Aircraft thrust is traditionally come from a combustion engine (internal combustion or gas turbine) coupled to either a propeller or a nozzle to produce thrust. These systems deliver high performance but also have high emissions and low fuel efficiency. Some proposals have used fuel cells as propulsion devices by using the electricity a fuel cell produces to power an electric motor linked to a propeller. This system lowers emissions and increases fuel efficiencies but increases weight due to the substantial electric motors required for primary propulsive power.

  • 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.

  • A Hybrid System to Enhance the Rate of Biological Fuel Production Under Solar Illumination

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    The technology is a device that facilitates the production of biofuels in theform of high energy bio-molecules with enhanced characteristics. The device is a hybrid system that is composed of a natural photosystem held together by a membrane and crystalline nanoparticles. The system is capable of producing biological fuels when irradiated by solar or any other kind of illumination. The presence of the metallic or semiconductor nanoparticles helps to enhance the effectiveness of the photosynthetic process.

  • Reducing Emissions and Controlling Combustion Phasing in HCCI Engines

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Direct-injection compression-ignition engines also known as HCCI (homogeneous charge compression-ignition) engines offer an alternative to conventional spark-ignited and diesel combustion systems. HCCI engines produce low particulate (soot) and nitrogen oxide emissions and exhibit high thermal efficiency. However in HCCI engines there is no direct control of ignition such as a spark. Instead HCCI engines rely on auto-ignition making combustion phasing (timing of auto-ignition) difficult to control.

  • Recyclable Biocatalysts for High-yielding Production of Biodiesel from Grease

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    Technology Overview: Biodiesel which comprises of fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) is traditionally produced from the base-catalyzed transesterification of triglycerides in vegetable oil with methanol but suffers from the high cost of vegetable oil. Low cost waste grease is an attractive feedstock but due to the high free fatty acid (FFA) content (>15 wt%) grease cannot be converted into biodiesel via base-catalysis.

  • Diacylglycerol Acyltransferases Involved in Oil Biosynthesis in Microalgae

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    The need for the development of biomass-based domestic production systems for high energy liquid transportation fuels is widely recognized. Concerns related to environmental impact and the price of oil combined with political issues related to dependence on foreign oil have increased interest in alternative biofuels. Currently transportation fuel is primarily derived from petroleum with increasing availability of biofuels including ethanol derived from corn and biodiesel derived from soy and palms.

  • Hollow Fiber Membrane for Dehydration of Organic Solvents via Pervaporation

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    Technology Overview: Ethanol fuel is widely used as an alternative to fossil fuel in Brazil and in the United States and together both countries were responsible for 87.1% of the world’s ethanol fuel production in 2011. However the separation and purification of fuel grade ethanol (anhydrous ethanol) by traditional distillation process is an energy intensive process. The purification and concentration steps from 5-10% to 99% account for 60-80% of the biofuel production cost.

  • Easy Go Trailer (EGT)

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Solution for Fuel Economy and Pollution. We are looking for individuals or companies that will be willing to help develop a new system we identify as the Easy Go Trailer (EGT). Brining this system to the attention of the transportation industry introduces a process that solves all of the basic problems the transportation industry has all at the same time. The main problem that will show improvements are company profits as vehicle fuel economy improves by 80%. With better fuel economy will also show significant pollution reduction that will promote reduced global warming effects.

  • Beyond the sea - Kite auxiliary propulsion

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    The need of reducing the CO2 emissions and the increasing oil prices that affect the maritime industry fostered Yves Parlier to launch the project “beyond the sea®” dedicated to the development of kite auxiliary propulsion devices. The team is composed of several engineers researchers and students from several engineering schools as well as professional kite surfers sailors and fishermen. The ultimate goal is install the system on a container ship of the company CMA-CGM in order to validate the system.

  • Cell-Free System for Combinatorial Discovery of Enzymes Capable of Transforming Biomass for Biofuels

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    Summary: The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is seeking commercial partners interested in developing a cell-free system that can be used to discover and produce target polypeptides capable of transforming biomass into fermentable sugars for use in the efficient production of biofuels. Detailed Technology Description: Biofuels produced from biomass provide a promising alternative to fossil fuels. Biomass is an inexpensive readily available and renewable resource. However the process of converting biomass into biofuels is difficult and costly.

  • Lignocellulosic Biomass Pretreatment Using Gaseous Ammonia

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    To achieve high yields of glucose and other products for use in biofuels and bio-based chemicals lignocellulose must first be pretreated. The goal of pretreatment is to decrease the crystallinity of cellulose increase the biomass surface area remove hemicellulose and break the lignin seal. Current pretreatments use liquid ammonia dilute acid organosolvents and steam among others. Each of these methods has drawbacks in its ability to effectively and efficiently pretreat and process lignocellulosic biomass.

  • Continuous Process for the Production of Biodiesel using Tin Catalyst

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    Oregon State University has developed ground-breaking continuous catalytic techniques for the production of biodiesel. These tin-based catalysts have demonstrated excellent activity in the transesterification of triglycerides in combination with saturated alcohols to form biodiesel. Biodiesel production of the present invention eliminates many of the difficulties of traditional high temperature or supercritical non-catalytic methods and substantially reduces the disadvantages of traditional heterogeneous catalytic methods of transesterification.

  • Simple Optical Sensor for Biodiesel Contaminant in Jet Fuel

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Background: In April 2010 contamination in jet fuel caused the throttles of two engines on a Cathay Pacific flight to stick while in flight and nearly caused the lives of 322 passengers and crew on board. Such incident is just one of the examples of the dangers posed by cross contamination in the fuel. FAME or biodiesel has the property to ‘stick’ to surfaces and small traces of FAME can be found in jet fuel leading to cross contamination. At high concentrations FAME may impact the thermal stability of the jet fuel leading to coke deposits in the fuel system.

  • Novel Algae for Biofuels Production

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    Background: Whether we are past right on top of or heading towards peak oil production we are experiencing a consistent increase in demand for renewable energy sources as our dependence on oil becomes more prominent. There is much need for biofuel as a renewable source of energy as it has positive sustainability factors. Shell ExxonMobil and British Petroleum have made substantial investments in algal biofuel production. Any amount of fuel produced would be easily consumed by the market. Current methods of biofuel production utilize crops that could otherwise be used for agriculture.

  • Metal-Organic Framework For Separating Paraffin Isomers

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) constitute a large family of microporous solids exhibiting high surface areas tunable pore dimensions and adjustable surface functionality. With these attributes MOF performance is beginning to rival traditional solid adsorbents such as zeolites and activated carbons for some key gas-storage and molecular-separation applications. With regard to the latter the possibility of creating pore characteristics that cannot readily be achieved in zeolites or carbons expands the opportunities for molecular recognition.

  • Self-Contained Mobile Electrically Powered Methanol Synthesis Plant

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    The primary synthesis product is methanol an alcohol with chemical and physical properties that are nearly identical to ethanol. The means to synthesize carbon-neutral fuels is designed to be self-contained easily transportable and may be operated at existing sites that emit carbon dioxide (e.g. fermentation plants) and/or sites with abundant (renewable) low cost electricity which may be used to disassociate water in order to obtain the requisite hydrogen. The plant consumes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or carbon dioxide destined to be emitted into the atmosphere (e.g.

  • Improving Biomass Conversion Efficiency by Modifying Lignin so Plant Cell Walls Are More Digestible and Fermentable

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    Lignocellulosic biomass is a very desirable feedstock for biofuel production. If the fermentation process for lignocellulose could be optimized conversion of this biomass could yield 25 to 50 billion gallons of ethanol or other biofuels per year. However lignocellulose which is composed of lignin cellulose and hemicelluloses is resistant to chemical or enzymatic hydrolysis. This resistance is a key limiting step in the conversion of biomass into fermentable sugars.