Intellectual Property and Related Rights in Climate Data
Michael W. Carroll
American University Washington College of Law
February 1, 2016
Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Climate Change (2016).
American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2016-17
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: intellectual property, research data
Date posted: April 13, 2016 ; Last revised: June 20, 2016