Exclusive Rights to Saving the Planet: The Patenting of Geoengineering Inventions
36 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2014 Last revised: 17 Apr 2020
Date Written: March 13, 2014
We will not be able to curtail greenhouse gas emissions quickly enough to avoid dramatic climate change. Thus, we should anticipate that society will consider implementing climate engineering, either to avert a climate catastrophe or to reduce atmospheric carbon. Although geoengineering research is still in its infancy, in recent years the number of geoengineering patents has increased dramatically. Because of the importance of these technologies to society’s future, the United States needs to ensure that these patents do not deter innovation nor prevent these technologies from being available for implementation. Specifically, it should develop unique procedures to approve these applications and form a patent pool that will facilitate both innovation and accessibility.
Keywords: geoengineering, climate engineering, patent, intellectual property, patent pool, climate change
JEL Classification: K10, K32
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