The Eco-Patent Commons and Environmental Technology Transfer: Implications for Efforts to Tackle Climate Change

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.

I. Law and Environmental Technologies
1. Introduction
2. The Role of Technology in Environmental Protection
3. Environmental Technology in International and European Law
II. Intellectual Property Law and Environmental Technology
III. Promoting Patents for Environmental Management
1. The Eco-Patent Commons: Modus Operandi
2. The Objectives of the Eco-Patent Commons
IV. Eco-Patent Commons: Open Source Foundations and Directions
1. Eco-Patent Commons as an Open Source System
2. Degrees of Openness
3. Patent Pools
4. Eco-Patent Commons as a Tool of Corporate Environmental Governance
5. Eco-Patents Commons as Implementation of Global Technology Transfer Legal Requirements
V. Eco-Patent Commons and Technology Transfer to Tackle Climate Change
1. Climate Change Treaties: The UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol
2. Private Sector Efforts to Tackle Climate Change
3. Global Climate Law and Technology Transfer: A Role for the Eco-Patent Commons?
4. Climate Change, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
5. Climate Technology Patenting and Access as a Public Goods Issue
VI. Concluding Remarks

Copyright: © Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
Quelle: Issue 1/2010 (April 2010)
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Autor: Mark Van Hoorebeek
William Onzivu

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