Environmental Technologies, Intellectual Property and Climate Change (2013) edited by Abbe Brown - a Review(2014)
Abbe Brown from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, is one of the leading international researchers on intellectual property and climate change. She is an intellectual dynamo. Her work brings together a mastery of intellectual property, with a strong interest in innovation theory and practice, and an engagement with public policy issues surrounding human rights, competition policy, and access to knowledge. Abbe Brown has shown a particular aptitude for tackling big ideas and wicked global problems, with intelligence, gusto, insight, and formidable wisdom. Her new collection — Environmental Technologies, Intellectual Property, and Climate Change — provides an engaging exploration and analysis of intellectual property, clean technologies, and climate change. Brown observes: ‘At the heart of this project lies the fact that technologies relevant or important (or essential?) to mitigation, adaptation and information may be the subject of IP; and if they are, the IP owner can control their use (2).’ Brown explains that an inter-disciplinary approach was a necessity given the wicked nature of the global problem of climate change: ‘Exploring climate change technologies, I wished to look at more legal fields, at the views of experts from different places and from professional practical, industry, policy-making and other scholarly fields, in particular, given the focus on climate change, from geography and geoscience (1).’ The collection is a cosmopolitan piece of work, showing a strong grasp of international relations, development, and human rights. There is a diversity of views in the collection on the appropriate settings in respect of intellectual property, clean technologies, and climate change. There is much debate amongst the contributors as to whether intellectual property plays a positive role in stimulating research and development in respect of clean technologies; or whether intellectual property creates artificial barriers to technology transfer for low-carbon technologies.
- Intellectual Property,
- Climate Change
Publication DateJuly 24, 2014
Citation InformationMatthew Rimmer. "Environmental Technologies, Intellectual Property and Climate Change (2013) edited by Abbe Brown - a Review" (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/matthew_rimmer/209/