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Patents for Environmentalists

13 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2003  

F. Scott Kieff

George Washington University - Law School; Stanford University - Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace


This essay, written for the National Association of Environmental Law Societies' (NAELS) annual meeting, explains how patent law operates generally with an emphasis on how it may impact the environment in particular. In so doing, the essay addresses from a patent perspective some representative concerns relating to patents that appear to be prevalent in the environmental literature and shows how the patent system may provide substantial benefit for those favoring the environment.

Keywords: Patent, Environment, Intellectual Property, Biodiversity

JEL Classification: O3, O30, O31, O32, O33, O34, O38, O39

Suggested Citation

Kieff, F. Scott, Patents for Environmentalists. Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 9, 2002. Available at SSRN: or

F. Kieff (Contact Author)

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Stanford University - Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace ( email )

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