Exclusive Rights to Saving the Planet: The Patenting of Geoengineering Inventions

64 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2014  

Anthony E. Chavez

Northern Kentucky University - Salmon P. Chase College of Law

Date Written: March 13, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Chavez, Anthony E., Exclusive Rights to Saving the Planet: The Patenting of Geoengineering Inventions (March 13, 2014). Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2430456

Anthony E. Chavez (Contact Author)

Northern Kentucky University - Salmon P. Chase College of Law ( email )

Nunn Hall
Highland Heights, KY 41099
United States

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