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This Handbook brings together scholars from around the world in addressing the global significance of, controversies over and alternatives to intellectual property (IP) today. It brings together over fifty of the leading authors in this field across the spectrum of academic disciplines, from law, economics, geography, sociology, politics and anthropology. This volume addresses the full spectrum of IP issues including copyright, patent, trademarks and trade secrets, as well as parallel rights and novel applications. In addition to addressing the role of IP in an increasingly information based and globalized economy and culture, it also challenges the utility and viability of IP today and addresses a range of alternative futures.

Intellectual Property and Global Warming: Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice
Intellectual Property and Global Warming:
Matthew Rimmer
Introduction

Intellectual property law has a dirty history. As a legal institution refined in the industrial revolution, intellectual property law has provided incentives for research and development into fossil fuels and polluting technologies. In a provocative 2008 piece, Professor Estelle Derclaye (2008: 264) from the University of Nottingham wondered whether intellectual property law had played a role in encouraging the development of carbon-polluting technologies:

The question then arises: could intellectual property rights be the cause of global warming? After all, the greatest inventions of the two last centuries include the car, the plane and with them the use of oil and coal to generate energy. They ...

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