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Congress' Protecting U.S. Green Tech in the Global Climate Change Effort

June 15, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

At Slashdot, moogsynth writes:

Buried in section 329 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (H.R. 2410), voted in recently, are measures to oppose any global climate change treaty that weakens the IP rights in the green tech of American companies. Peter Zura’s patent blog notes that ‘the vote comes in anticipation of the upcoming negotiations in December as part of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. … Previously, there was sufficient chatter in international circles on compulsory licenses, IP seizures, and the outright abolition of patents on low-carbon technology, that Congress felt it necessary to clarify the US’s IP position up front.’

Here’s a direct link to the IP provision in the bill. Let us know if you find anything interesting.

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