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Intellectual Property, Green Technology, Climate Technology Centre and Network


This paper examines claims that intellectual property law, which is designed to create incentives for innovation, actually may inhibit the transfer to developing countries of green energy innovations. Although the paper cannot find significant examples of green energy technologies whose diffusion has been hindered by existing intellectual property protections, it explores strategies, such as compulsory licensing schemes, for responding to such problems if and when they arise in the future. The paper concludes that intellectual property law need not be an obstacle to a global transformation toward a green energy infrastructure that can promote economic development while advancing new levels of international cooperation.

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14 Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee Newsletter 18 (2011).


Environmental Law | Environmental Sciences | Intellectual Property Law