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Climate Change and Intellectual Property

Addressing climate change is dependent on economic growth that works with, rather than against the environment. Innovative green technology solutions can help by allowing us to do more with less – be it alternative energy production, energy saving, or greener forms of transportation, agriculture and forestry.

The challenge is to enhance the environment for innovation, while enabling speedier diffusion of these green technologies to all parts of the world. WIPO’s Global Challenges program works with multiple stakeholders to address these challenges, with a particular focus on:

  • Hosting WIPO GREEN - a multi-stakeholder platform which aims to promote innovation and diffusion of green technologies;
  • Providing fact-based information and objective analysis of relevant intellectual property (IP) issues to to facilitate international policy dialogue;
  • Contributing IP expertise to UN and other public policy fora where IP and innovation are discussed in relation to climate change.

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WIPO GREEN is an interactive marketplace that promotes innovation and diffusion of green technologies by connecting technology and service providers with those seeking innovative solutions. It supports global efforts to address climate change through the skills and technologies available via its network and online database.

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Reports and articles

  • The acceleration of climate change and mitigation technologies: IP trends in the renewable energy landscape PDF, Global Challenges Brief, The acceleration of climate change and mitigation technologies: Intellectual property trends in the renewable energy landscape
  • Renewable Energy Technology: Evolution and Policy Implications - Evidence from Patent Literature PDF, Global Challenges Report, Renewable Energy Technology: Evolution and Policy Implications - Evidence from Patent Literature
  • When policy meets evidence: What’s next in the discussion on IP, technology transfer and the environment? PDF, When policy meets evidence: What's next in the debate on intellectual property, technology transfer and the environment
  • IP & the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies PDF, The role of IP rights in the transfer of ecologically friendly technology
  • Draft issues paper on IP and climate change PDF, Issues paper on intellectual property and climate change (Summary PDF, Summary of issues on IP and climate change)
  • Patent landscape reports on climate change and energy