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Is your brand green? The Interbrand list of top green brands was published yesterday, here. The site contains the usual stuff: methodology, interviews, comment etc -- and the full Top 50 list can be read here. For the record (and for those too lazy to read the whole list themselves), this year's Top Ten looks like this:
1 Toyota (Japan)Only two British brands made the top 50, both for banking (Barclays and HSBC, down near the bottom of the list) and none of the top brands had the word "green" in them. The IPKat says, well done Toyota: those Prius jokes are a small price to pay. Merpel says, there are much better Prius jokes around, but maybe Toyota is policing the internet and getting them exterminated because the funniest ones can't be found online. Readers: can you help?
2 3M (United States)
3 Siemens (Germany)
4 Johnson & Johnson (United States)
5 HP (United States)
6 VW (Germany)
7 Honda (Japan)
8 Dell (United States)
9 Cisco (United States)
10 Panasonic (Japan)
|Will Mike Medavoy be looking for|
a star to play a 'miner' role ...?
Sanitary toilets and expired patents. The IPKat has received a thoughtful email from his old friend Richard Brown (De Sola Pate & Brown Abogados-Consultores, Caracas), who writes:
"The New Yorker published an extremely interesting article, "Hearth Surgery", in December 2009 by Burkhard Bilger. It details the developing world’s need for efficient non polluting stoves to stop smoke pollution and deforestation. Not a word was said about public domain patents. It could be that the vast reservoir of public domain patents could make valuable contributions to this effort. ...
I note Bill Gates´ Foundation has just started a search for a sanitary toilet for the developing world. Mr Gates would seem an ideal candidate to have his foundation approach the world's PTOs to help them computerize their expired patents to see if they could be used to help the developing world obtain cheep effective water treatment, stoves, lights, pumps, toilets, and other needed technologies".This seems like a great idea to this Kat. Does anyone have Bill Gates' email address (he doesn't seem to be a regular reader yet?) And how many good loo patents can we send him?
Around the blogs. A couple of landmarks are noted today: the 1709 Blog, which focuses specifically on copyright and has recently hosted a very lively debate over the fate of creative artistes following the posting of Leigh Harrison's Open Letter here, has now signed up its 900th email subscriber. Some way behind but growing handsomely, the jiplp weblog has now welcomed email subscriber number 500.