A Proposal for a Clean Technology Directive: European Patent Law and Climate Change

A Journal of Renewable Energy Law and Policy, Vol. 3, pp. 195-204, 2011

10 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2011 Last revised: 18 Jul 2014

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Matthew Rimmer

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This article charts the conflicted, dissonant policies of the European Union towards intellectual property and climate change. It contends that there is a mismatch between the empirical work of the European Patent Office and the quietist policy options contemplated by the European Union. This article contends that the European Union needs to develop a Clean Technology Directive to allow for a differentiated approach to patent law and clean technologies - especially given the past complicity of the European Union in global warming and climate change. It highlights essential elements in a comprehensive policy package for the reform of patent law - considering patentable subject matter; patent incentives; and patent exceptions.

Keywords: Patent Law, Global Warming, Climate Change, Environmentally Sound Technologies, Clean Technologies, Patent Administration, Patent Incentives, Patent Exceptions

Suggested Citation

Rimmer, Matthew, A Proposal for a Clean Technology Directive: European Patent Law and Climate Change (2011). A Journal of Renewable Energy Law and Policy, Vol. 3, pp. 195-204, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1974273

Matthew Rimmer (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
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Brisbane, Queensland QLD 4000
Australia

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