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Unpublished Paper
Who Owns the Sun? Patent Law and Clean Energy
The Conversation (2012)
  • Matthew Rimmer, Australian National University College of Law

There is a trade war brewing between the United States and China over intellectual property relating to clean technologies – particularly solar power.

Steven Chu, a scientist, Nobel Laureate in Physics, and Secretary of the United States Department of Energy, commented: “When it comes to the clean energy race, America faces a simple choice: compete or accept defeat”.

The United States and China have a volatile relationship when it comes to intellectual property and climate change. They vacillate between co-operation, mistrust, and outright conflict.

The rivalry between the United States and China will have important implications for energy security, climate change, and trade in the global economy.

  • Patent Law,
  • Clean Energy,
  • Solar Power,
  • Wind Power,
  • Trade,
  • China,
  • United States,
  • World Trade Organization,
  • Climate Change.
Publication Date
February 21, 2012
Citation Information
Matthew Rimmer. "Who Owns the Sun? Patent Law and Clean Energy" The Conversation (2012)
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