Climate Change and Intellectual Property

The article first highlights the poor results obtained by climate change conferences with reference to Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs).

It stresses that such conferences (eg Copenhagen) do not make specific reference to intellectual property rights (IPRs) as a necessary tool to stimulate the transfer of climate technologies, especially to developing countries.

The author argues that in certain cases IPRs are capable of obstructing the dissemination across countries of ESTs. This seems to be confirmed (i) by how IPRs legislations are devised in industrialized countries (e.g. the Bayh-Dole Act in the US) and (ii) by a sharp increasing of international patent litigation in this field.

Some possible solutions to the above problem and recommendations are finally provided.

For the full article written by Enrico Bonadio see here.

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