Who Profits from Climate Change?

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Do patent owners have too much power over responses to climate change? In April 2011. LES (Scotland) committee member Dr Abbe Brown held an open event exploring this at the Edinburgh International Science Festival - “Who Profits from Climate Change”. For more details, see http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/whats-on/categories/talk/who-profits-from-climate-change.

After discussions and the introduction of a case study involving a new wind and wave innovation, the audience were asked to vote (1)would they patent a new technology; and (2) would they make the technology available to all, with all paying what they consider it is worth to them. Despite some strong challenges to the power of IP, the vote was 42 – 6 in favour of patenting and 37-7 against
making it so widely available.

The event was very well attended and there were stimulating and wide ranging presentations from the panel (from the business, political and youth perspectives) and some robust questioning from the floor. The panel comprised Martin McAdam of Aquamarine Power, Steve Burgess of the Scottish Green Party and Dhanesh Dinush, British Council Climate Champion for Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationLES NewsXchange
PublisherLicensing Executives Society Britain and Ireland
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011


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