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Ricoh joins WIPO Green

March 8, 2021

Ricoh Company, Ltd. announced that it has joined WIPO GREEN as a contributing partner.

WIPO Green is an international platform, operated by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) of the United Nations, that connects green technology providers and seekers of eco-friendly technology solutions through its marketplace and network.

As a first step, Ricoh will provide 83 of its environmental technology patents covering two fields: dry washing technology (which does not use water or solvents) and waste liquid treatment technology (which uses high-temperature and high-pressure underwater combustion).

Through its participation in WIPO GREEN, Ricoh said it will actively contribute to solving social issues by making its environmental technologies widely accessible to society and accelerating innovation through co-creation.

Global demand for environmental protection technologies is projected to increase by 6.9% annually, to 5,902 billion euros in 2025. When WIPO GREEN was launched in 2013, it was at the vanguard of green technology promotion and dissemination. Since then, it has become a powerful platform in its mission to support and promote innovation in the growing green technology sector. Today, WIPO GREEN continues to accelerate the transition to a greener global economy.

The Ricoh Group has identified seven priority issues (also known as material issues), aligned to 12 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Group aims to resolve these issues through its business activities in order to realise a sustainable society that balances economic, social, and global environmental issues. As part of these efforts, in the field of intellectual property, Ricoh has been working to achieve a balance between business and contributing to society by opening up its patents to start-up companies.

Ricoh has also been working to create value from its intellectual property by disclosing patent information related to its businesses that contribute to solving social issues. Ricoh positions its participation in WIPO GREEN as part of its efforts to solve social issues, such as the realisation of a decarbonised society, which will be accelerated with the start of the two-year 20th Mid-Term Management Plan starting in April 2021.

As part of its participation in WIPO GREEN, Ricoh will register the following two groups of patented technologies (83 patents) with a focus on technologies that are considered to be effective for environmental conservation through demonstration tests.

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