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Intellectual Property Rights – Catalyst or inhibitor to a low carbon future?

Ian Harvey, Chairman, Intellectual Property Institute on how IP achieves rapid development and deployment of low carbon technologies.

The current public view of Intellectual Property (IP) is predominantly negative, as shown by recent Intellectual Property Institute research on the global discourse about IP. Many in the environmental movement reflect this and view IP as an impediment to the invention, development, adoption and diffusion of new technologies.

The talk will cover the linkages between invention, patents and economic growth and explore the IP issues that are often seen to be negative. The arguments for IP being least-worst route to the rapid development and deployment of low carbon technologies are equally applicable to most other technology areas. Finally, what are the key IP issues in the run-up to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in November 2009?


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Date and Time:

13 October 2008 at 6:00 pm


2 hours



The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
+44 20 74 51 2500
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Organised by:

The Research and Development Society
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£40, £20 members

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Visit http://www.rdsoc.org, email rdsociety@royalsociety.org or call 020 7451 2513.

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