Environmental Technologies, Intellectual Property and Climate Change
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Environmental Technologies, Intellectual Property and Climate Change

Accessing, Obtaining and Protecting

  • Elgar Law, Technology and Society series

Edited by Abbe E.L. Brown

Many disciplines are relevant to combating climate change. This challenging book draws together legal, regulatory, geographic, industrial and professional perspectives and explores the role of technologies in addressing climate change through mitigation, adaptation and information gathering. It explores some key issues. Is intellectual property part of the solution, an obstacle to change or peripheral? Are there more important questions? Do they receive the attention they deserve? And from whom? This innovative book will play an important role in stimulating holistic discussion and action on an issue of key importance to society.
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Chapter 12: A private institutional investment perspective

David A. McGrory

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The other contributors to this book provide some in-depth analysis from a range of perspectives including intellectual property (IP) law, human rights law, competition law and environmental law. They examine the interaction of the various legal specialisms and also the organizations that have attempted to formulate policy responses to some of the relevant issues, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). In contrast, this chapter seeks to take a step back from the high level policy and legal theory and focuses instead on the role that private institutional investment can play in the development of climate change technologies. A pragmatic view is taken of the risk/reward nature of private institutional investment and the effect that interference with typical investment funding models could have on the development of scalable climate change technologies. From a private institutional investment perspective, there has to be a concern that implementation of compulsory licensing or enforced sharing of intellectual property rights (IPRs) could result in outcomes that are diametrically opposed to the outcomes that supporters of such policies would seek to achieve. Kyoto Protocol targets for reductions in emissions have been consistently missed. The targets are often cited as the measure of what the signatory nations should be aspiring to but these targets need to be set in context.

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