Climate Talks Include References to Intellectual Property

Copycense posted this link on Twitter, a story about how the US participation in climate talks makes reference to protecting IP interests.

When you dig into this, it is a little less surprising. What is at stake are patents, presumably around technological innovations to help meet proposed goals around environmental impacts. It seems like another instance of the contention between developed and developing nations over technologies that may bridge that divide. In this case, the reality is at that there is at least a chance of a socially appropriate outcome, as opposed to some of the battles over pharma and gene patents that have ultimately devolved to shaming tactics to meet a minimum standard for human rights.

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