Six Minutes to Midnight – Can Intellectual Property Save the World?

EMERGING ISSUES IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, Kathy Bowrey, Michael Handler and Dianne Nicol, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011

Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 70/2010

17 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2010  

Peter Drahos

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Queen Mary University of London, School of Law; School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Date Written: December 11, 2010

Abstract

Can we harness intellectual property institutions for the purpose of innovating to save the world from the worst climate change scenarios? The standard optimization view of intellectual property suggests that intellectual property can play an important role. The paper argues that the standard view ignores real-world problems of opportunistic uses of intellectual property by private actors. Globalized intellectual property standards are a poor way in which to manage the nested complexity of climate change. The paper concludes by looking at the lessons of the Manhattan Project for climate change.

Suggested Citation

Drahos, Peter, Six Minutes to Midnight – Can Intellectual Property Save the World? (December 11, 2010). EMERGING ISSUES IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, Kathy Bowrey, Michael Handler and Dianne Nicol, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011; Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 70/2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1723774

Peter Drahos (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) ( email )

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Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

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School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

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