Global Intellectual Property Center

International Climate Treaty Should Protect Green Innovation

International Climate Treaty Should Protect Green Innovation

Negotiators for a new international climate treaty have fielded several proposals that would allow poor nations to break patents on green technologies. The move could help countries stay innovative in the field. The argument is that developing nations can’t be expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions without a little help. Mark Esper with the Global Intellectual Property Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says if companies’ inventions aren’t protected, they’ll simply stop inventing.