The eco-patent commons and environmental technology transfer: implications for efforts to tackle climate change

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This article explores the potential role and pitfalls of corporate initiatives related to access to intellectual property in the transfer of environmentally friendly technology especially to developing countries. An initial investigation of how patents can affect environmentally beneficial technology transfer is forwarded, contrasting the approaches of the public and private sector in the encouragement of environmentally beneficial technology transfer. A wide variety of potential influences are analyzed, with specific focus being placed on the eco-patent commons project, the international encouragement of clean technologies, patent pools, open source systems, and enabled invention disclosures. This is analyzed in the context of the quest to encourage climate-friendly technologies.

Mark Van Hoorebeek, Member of Bradford University Law School, Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law. William Onzivu, Member of Bradford University Law School, Lecturer in Environmental Law.

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