According to Intellectual Property Watch:
A bipartisan group of 42 of the 100 United States senators sent a letter to US negotiators in global climate talks in Barcelona this week urging the protection of intellectual property rights over any technologies developed to address climate change. In the 2 November letter, available here [pdf], they cautioned against allowing developing countries to obtain technologies to address climate problems without recognising intellectual property rights, which grant a monopoly to their owners.
They must have missed my last post on the Copenhagen treaty:
(c) The Convention’s facilitative mechanism will include: (a) work programmes for adaptation and mitigation; (b) a long-term REDD process; (c) a short-term technology action plan; (d) an expert group on adaptation established by the subsidiary body on adaptation, and expert groups on mitigation, technologies and on monitoring, reporting and verification; and (e) an international registry for the monitoring, reporting and verification of compliance of emission reduction commitments, and the transfer of technical and financial resources from developed countries to developing countries. The secretariat will provide technical and administrative support, including a new centre for information exchange.
The senators argue that intellectual property rights are an incentive for companies to do research and innovate, but the "transfer of technical and financial resources from developed countries to developing countries" section doesn’t seem to be concerned with intellectual property. It’s all about saving the planet if you hadn’t heard. If some companies have to suffer to achieve that goal then so be it.
Let’s see how well that works out.
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