Patent spat looms at climate change meeting


Ways of averting a damaging clash over patents at a climate change meeting later this year, pitting the US against the big emerging economies, will top the agenda at a conference organised by the UN’s intellectual property agency that opens on Monday.

At the G8 summit in Italy last week, China, backed by India and Brazil, repeated its call for easier access to patented clean energy technologies in return for signing on to a new global climate change accord in Copenhagen in December.

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