This report provides an analysis of how intellectual property rights (IPRs), and alternatives to IPRs, might operate in green innovation. Part I of the paper discusses the economics of green innovation, including the important role that will need to be played by the private sector. Part II discusses the IPR issues, principally involving patents, that may arise if and when GHG externalities are addressed through the appropriate pricing of greenhouse gases. Part III addresses alternatives to traditional patents and exclusive licenses, including patent pools, liability rules, and prizes.
Chatham House Energy, Environment and Development Programme Paper No. 08/03, December, 2008 available at: http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/research/eedp/papers/view/-/id/691/