21 Nov '12, 11am

Guest Blog: Tough times, tough actions - time for a greentech patent amnesty? Barry Johnston - Renewable Energy Focus:

Guest Blog: Tough times, tough actions - time for a greentech patent amnesty? By Barry Johnston Given the increasing 6 degrees threat of global warming , and its appalling consequences , should there now be a global patent amnesty? Might it accelerate the worldwide rollout of clean and renewable energy technologies , along the lines of the medical patent amnesties granted to developing countries ? This idea would need to gain international NGO support, and, perhaps ultimately, a WTO agreement to implement (unless some states decide to go it alone). The ramifications for the integrity of intellectual property rights, and for their potential erosion in other sectors beyond cleantech would be enormous. And of course, such a measure would be opposed by many parties - not just by patent holders, but also by lawyers and others who make a good living from protecting intellectual ...

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