Intellectual Property and Clean Energy: The Paris Agreement and Climate Justice

Intellectual Property and Clean Energy: The Paris Agreement and Climate Justice, Springer: Berlin, Forthcoming

Posted: 24 May 2018  

Matthew Rimmer

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Date Written: December 26, 2018


Editor: Professor Matthew Rimmer


In 2015, the United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Paris to reach the achievement of a fair, binding and ambitious agreement on climate change. One of the outstanding topics under discussion is intellectual property and climate change. Patent Law plays a critical role in providing incentives for renewable energy, and access to critical inventions for the greater public good. Plant breeders’ rights impact on intellectual property and food security. Access to genetic resources raises questions about biodiversity and climate change. Trade mark law is significant in terms of green trade marks, eco labels, and greenwashing. Copyright law plays a key part in respect of access to environmental information. The topic of intellectual property and climate change has significant implications for innovation, technology transfer, agriculture, biodiversity, and public health. This collection will consider the future of climate innovation after the Paris Agreement.

Table of Contents

(I). International Law

(1). The Paris Agreement: Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Climate Change

Professor Matthew Rimmer, QUT

(2). The Paris Agreement, Climate Finance and Transparency: Charting the Path to Equity

Dr Felicity Deane and Dr Evan Hamman, QUT

(3). The Paris Agreement: Development, the North-South Divide and Human Rights

Dr Anna Huggins and Dr Bridget Lewis, QUT

(4). Climate Change and Human Rights: Intellectual Property Challenges and Opportunities

Alexandra Phelan, Georgetown Law

(II). Patent Law

(5). Patent Term, Climate Change, and Intergenerational Justice

Heather Forest and Dr Peter Lawrence, University of Tasmania

(6). Management of Intellectual Property in Australia's Clean Technology Sector: Challenges and Opportunities in an Uncertain Regulatory Environment

Kane Wishart

(7). Intellectual Property, Climate Change and Technology Transfer in South Asia

Dr Kanchana Kariyawasam, Griffith University, and Matthew Tsai

(8). Intellectual Ventures: Patent Law, Climate Change, and Geoengineering

Professor Matthew Rimmer, QUT

(III). Trademark Law and Related Rights

(9). Green supply chains and trademark goodwill.

Professor Margaret Chon, Seattle University

(10). This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Greenwashing: An Assessment of the American Petroleum Institute’s Power Past Impossible Campaign

Professor Kim Sheehan, the University of Oregon

(11). The Power of Visual Appeal: Designs Law and Clean Energy

Professor Maree Sainsbury, the University of Canberra

(12). Key Change: The role of the creative industries in climate change action

Tim Hollo

(IV). Privacy and Trade Secrets

(13). Environmental Sousveillance, Citizen Science and Smart Grids

Bruce Arnold, the University of Canberra

(14). Promoting and Protecting Clean Energy Innovations Through The Trade Secrets Regime: Issues and Implications

Walakada Appuhamilage Darshana Jeewantha Sumanadasa, QUT

(V). Open Innovation

(15). Democratising Energy

Dr Angela Daly, QUT and Caitlin Archbold, QUT

(16). Change Change and Open Data: An Information Environmentalism Perspective

Associate Professor Robert Cunningham, Curtin University

(17). Open Government Data in an Age of Growing Hostility Towards Science

Bernadette Hyland-Wood, UQ

(18). Elon Musk’s Open Innovation: Tesla, Intellectual Property, and Climate Change

Professor Matthew Rimmer, QUT

(VI). Plant Breeders’ Rights, Food Security, Access to Genetic Resources, and Indigenous Knowledge

(19). Path-breaking or history-repeating? Analysing the Paris Agreement’s research and development paradigm for climate-smart agriculture

Dr Hope Johnson, QUT

(20). Genetic resources, intellectual property and climate change

Professor Charles Lawson, Griffith University

(21). Benefit Sharing Under the REDD Mechanisms: Implications for Women

Dr Rowena Maguire, QUT

(22). Northern Exposure: Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, and Atmospheric Trust Litigation in Alaska

Professor Matthew Rimmer, QUT

Keywords: Intellectual Property, Clean Energy, Paris Agreement, Climate Justice, International Law, Patent Law, Trademark Law, Designs Law, Copyright Law, Trade Secrets, Access to Genetic Resources, Plant Breeder's Rights, Indigenous Intellectual Property, Climate Change, Clean Technologies, Renewable Energy,

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Rimmer, Matthew, Intellectual Property and Clean Energy: The Paris Agreement and Climate Justice (December 26, 2018). Intellectual Property and Clean Energy: The Paris Agreement and Climate Justice, Springer: Berlin, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

Matthew Rimmer (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, Queensland QLD 4000

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