Intellectual Property and Clean Energy

The Paris Agreement and Climate Justice

  • Matthew Rimmer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. International Law

  3. Patent Law

  4. Trademark Law and Related Rights

  5. Privacy and Trade Secrets

  6. Open Innovation

  7. Plant Breeders’ Rights, Food Security, Access to Genetic Resources, and Indigenous Knowledge

About this book


This collection considers the future of climate innovation after the Paris Agreement. It analyses the debate over intellectual property and climate change in a range of forums – including the climate talks, the World Trade Organization, and the World Intellectual Property Organization, as well as multilateral institutions dealing with food, health, and biodiversity. The book investigates the critical role patent law plays in providing incentives for renewable energy and access to critical inventions for the greater public good, as well as plant breeders’ rights and their impact upon food security and climate change. Also considered is how access to genetic resources raises questions about biodiversity and climate change. This collection also explores the significant impact of trademark law in terms of green trademarks, eco labels, and greenwashing. The key role played by copyright law in respect of access to environmental information is also considered. The book also looks at deadlocks in the debate over intellectual property and climate change, and provides theoretical, policy, and practical solutions to overcome such impasses.


intellectual property green technology Paris Agreement climate change open innovation climate justice patent law trademark law clean energy clean technology food security genetic resources human rights climate law environmental law technology transfer Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Tesla Motors

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew Rimmer
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of LawQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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