Written by a global group of leading scholars, this wide-ranging Research Handbook provides insightful analysis, useful historical perspective, and a point of reference on the controversial nexus of climate change law and policy, intellectual property law and policy, innovation policy, technology transfer, and trade.
The contributors provide a unique review of the scientific background, international treaties, and political and institutional contexts of climate change and intellectual property law. They further identify critical conflicts and differences of approach between developed and developing countries. Finally they put forward and analyse the relevant intellectual property law doctrines and policy options for funding, developing, disseminating, and regulating the required technologies and their associated activities and business practices.
The book will serve as a resource and reference tool for scholars, policymakers and practitioners looking to understand the issues at the interface of intellectual property and climate change.
‘Sarnoff’s Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Climate Change is packed with varied perspectives and essential information and is therefore a very useful guide for anyone interested in IP and climate change (and beyond!). To have all this packed tightly into one book is a great thing. I’m quite pleased to have it on my bookshelf.’
– Eric Lane, Green Patent Blog
'Given Di Caprio’s acceptance speech at the Oscars, calling on the world to take climate change seriously, this terrific tome could not have been more timely! Boasting a splendid array of scholars and policy makers, it traverses a wide spectrum of issues at the interface of IP and climate change technologies. Professor Joshua Sarnoff needs to be commended for conceptualizing and co-ordinating this project, resulting in a bountiful book that offers incisive insights on one of the foremost policy challenges facing the world today!'
- Dr Shamnad Basheer, India
‘Tackling the climate problem will require the development, deployment and transfer of a wide variety of technologies at a pace and scale unprecedented outside of wartime. This will involve not only the environmental, energy and treaty laws familiar to climate law specialists, but also a bewildering array of issues under intellectual property, trade, procurement and other legal fields. Joshua Sarnoff has done a wonderful job in assembling leading experts from around the world to illuminate these complex matters.’
– Michael B. Gerrard, Columbia University Law School, US
‘In the wake of the Paris Agreement, there is a great need to encourage a transition to a clean energy world economy. Intellectual property and innovation policy will play a critical role in research, development, and deployment of clean technologies. In this context, the Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Climate Change edited by Joshua Sarnoff is essential reading. This landmark collection provides a comprehensive examination of the inter-relationship between intellectual property and climate change. Leading authors from around the world tackle topics such as international law, patent law, green trade marks, copyright law, and trade secrets law. The Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Climate Change also considers larger public policy issues in respect of climate finance, innovation law and policy, government procurement, standard-setting, and competition law.’
– Matthew Rimmer, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland
‘The December, 2015 Paris climate change agreement brings into sharp focus the relationship between technology innovation and transfer and greenhouse gas emission mitigation. But, the international climate change regime, such as it is, has barely addressed these issues. Thus, efforts to innovate and to broaden access to technology must take place in the context of international intellectual property and trade regimes which are more concerned with protecting intellectual property than in promoting broader access. Research Handbook in Intellectual Property and Climate Change could not be more timely. A group of leading scholars have developed a comprehensive analysis of the relevant issues at the intersection of energy policy and IP law and policy. Those diving into the field for the first time will find a comprehensive introduction to all the issues not available anywhere else. Specialists in various aspects of IP or energy law will gain a clear understanding of the problems of integrating the two regimes as well as a wealth of detail of how the existing regimes have worked in practice. The Research Handbook also would make a good supplement for a climate change class.’
– Dan Tarlock, Chicago-Kent College of Law, US
Contributors: P. Ala’i, P. Bifani, D. Borges Barbosa, M.A. Carrier, M.W. Carroll, J.L. Contreras, C.M. Correa, C. de Avila Plaza, E. Derclaye, P. Drahos, C.H. Farley, S. Ferrey, S.E. Gaines, D.A. Gantz, D.J. Gervais, D. Hunter, The International Council on Human Rights Policy, D.S. Levine, C.R. McManis, R.K. Musil, S.K. Sandeen, J.D. Sarnoff, D. Shabalala, G. Tansey, B. Tuncak, J.M. Urban, D. Vivas-Eugui, H. Wang, P.K. Yu.
Edited by Joshua D. Sarnoff, Professor of Law, DePaul University, College of Law, US.