Book Review: "Intellectual Property and Climate Change: Inventing Clean Technologies"

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Intellectual Property and Climate Change: Inventing Clean Technologies By Matthew Rimmer Edward Elgar, 2011, 495 pp. (incl. index), ISBN 978-1-84844-624-3, hb £120

Intellectual property confers on IP owners the right to control the results of innovation and creativity. IP is clearly relevant to climate change, yet calls for action to limit climate change are unlikely to have as their primary focus the rewards accruing to innovators. Accordingly, there are divisions between the perspectives of scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and activists with expertise in IP, and those with expertise in climate change. Rimmer has sought to bridge this gap in this timely contribution, which is one of the first books to address these fields together. The book is well written, scholarly, and accessible, and engages in depth with academic and practical legal and business literature. Rimmer begins with a discussion of Edison and his innovations and patents related to light, and the place of patents in the founding of General Electric Inc.—a reminder that the link between innovation, energy, and business is an old
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-200
Number of pages3
JournalClimate Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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