Patents on »Green Technology« – Part of the problem or part of the solution?

In order to achieve the (non-binding) targets of the 2009 UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, according to which global warming should be reduced to below two degrees Celsius compared to the »pre-industrial level«, it is not only necessary to develop more »Green Technologies«, but also to make these technologies available, particularly for the developing countries.

In this context it is disputed whether patent protection, which is generally recognized as fostering innovation, is helpful in, or a hindrance towards, achieving these goals. Many experts consider patent protection to be supporting research and innovation in the field of »Green Technology«; others fear that patent protection might hinder the technology transfer to developing countries and seek measures such as »compulsory licenses« to deal with the problem.

It is, however, already questionable whether patents play a role in the required technology transfer process at all, and if yes, which role. In order to understand this issue it is necessary to take a closer look at the principles of innovation processes and their implementation in »Green Technologies«.

This conference shall provide an open forum to discuss the related issues. As a result we expect a better understanding of the principles of patent protection in conjunction with the transfer of »Green Technologies« to developing countries.

Date
13.10.2011
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Location
BARDEHLE PAGENBERG
Prinzregentenplatz 7
81675 Munich
Conference Language
English

Prof. Dr. jur. Christoph Ann, LL. M. (Duke)

Prof. Dr. jur. Christoph Ann, LL. M. (Duke) holds the Chair for Economic Law and Intellectual Property at the Technische Universität München and is a Board Member of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre. Professor Ann’s main area of research is the legal protection of technology.


Pedro Roffe

Pedro Roffe joined the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 1973, where his work focused on international aspects of technology transfer, intellectual property and foreign direct investment. Mr. Roffe is currently a Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) where he oversees the work of the Programme on Intellectual Property and Development.


Felix Preston

Felix Preston is a Research Fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resource Governance section of Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London. His research focuses on energy and climate security and low carbon development, including the innovation, technology and trade dimensions. He is currently Coordinator of a low carbon industrialisation strategy task force in China and is a GEO-5 Fellow.


Anatole Krattiger

Anatole Krattiger is Director of the Global Challenges Division at WIPO in Geneva. His work addresses intellectual property aspects of global issues at the crossroads of development, government, science, and business, notably in the areas of agriculture, biotechnology, and health.


Schedule

01:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Moderation:

Joachim Mader, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich

Tilman Müller-Stoy, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich

13:00

Welcome and Introduction

13:15

»Green Technology and the Patent System – Encounter of the Third Kind?«

Christoph Ann, Technische Universität München

14:00

»Access to clean energy technologies – perspective of developing countries and least developed countries«

Pedro Roffe, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable development, Geneva

14:45

Break

15:15

»WIPO Green – The Sustainable Technology Marketplace«

Anatole Krattiger, World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva

16:00

»Who owns our low carbon future?«

Felix Preston, Chatham House, London

16:45

Break

17:00

Discussion

17:45

End of Symposium

19:30

Inauguration party of the new BARDEHLE PAGENBERG offices

with artistic programme of the »Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding«