Intellectual Property and Related Rights in Climate Data
Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Climate Change (2016).
16 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2016 Last revised: 20 Jun 2016
Date Written: February 1, 2016
This chapter focuses on the ways in which intellectual property law can act as a barrier to data sharing. Intellectual property laws supply exclusive rights that can enable a researcher, employer or funder to ‘own’ data; they can then bring legal claims against persons who access or reuse data without permission. Some of these rights attach automatically to data, data sets, or databases, and thus must be managed properly to enable robust data sharing in climate science. Other rights are created by contract, and the policies around such privately created rights must be understood and analyzed. This chapter briefly describes the variety of climate data needed by researchers and the role of intellectual property and related rights in governing access to and use of such data.
Keywords: intellectual property, research data
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