The Road to Copenhagen: Intellectual Property and Climate Change
The Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Vol. 4, No. 11, p. 784-788, 2009
Posted: 16 Sep 2009 Last revised: 1 Jun 2014
Date Written: September 16, 2009
The draft negotiating text on long-term co-operative action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/8; the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 HR 2410 (United States); the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 HR 2454 (United States); the Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act 2010 HR. 3081 (United States); and the TRIPS Agreement 1994.
In the lead-up to the discussions over IP and climate change in Copenhagen in 2009, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution that it should be the policy of US government officials in discussions over the long-term action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to ‘prevent any weakening of, and ensure robust compliance with and enforcement of, existing international legal requirements as of the date of the enactment of this Act for the protection of IP rights related to energy or environmental technology’.
Keywords: Intellectual Property, Climate Change, Clean Technology, Patent Subject Matter, Compulsory Licensing, Technology Transfer, US Protectionism
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