Indigenous IP And Climate Change Subject Of New Book 12/12/2018 by Catherine Saez, Intellectual Property Watch Leave a Comment Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As this week opened with a meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization committee working on the protection of genetic resources and traditional knowledge, a new book was released that looks into indigenous rights and indigenous intellectual property, in the context of the Paris Agreement. The book also looks into Tesla’s open innovation strategy. The book, titled Intellectual Property and Clean Energy, seeks to provide a critical analysis of the impact of the Paris Agreement on climate adaptation and mitigation technology. Matthew Rimmer, professor in intellectual property and innovation law at the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, authored several chapters of the book. In one of them, he considers the atmospheric trust litigation in the case of Nelson Kanuk v. State of Alaska over “the climate inaction of the State of the Alaska.” According to Rimmer, the case “is a compelling case study in respect of constitutional law, the public trust doctrine, climate change, intergenerational justice, Indigenous rights, and Indigenous intellectual property.” The question of indigenous rights was “prominent during the negotiations over the Paris Agreement 2015,” and there have been concerns “that the international climate law framework is inadequate and insufficient to address Indigenous rights,” he said in the book. From an intellectual property perspective, the chapter looks at the impact of climate change upon traditional knowledge. In another chapter, Rimmer explores the larger questions about the treatment of indigenous rights under international law. “There remains ongoing debate within the United Nations about the protection of Indigenous Intellectual Property and traditional knowledge,” he said, noting that “there has been significant debate about the relationship between Indigenous Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge, and Climate Change.” “There is a need for better recognition of Indigenous Intellectual Property—including in respect of Indigenous environmental and climate knowledge,” Rimmer said. Rimmer also wrote a chapter on Elon Musk’s Tesla open innovation and climate change, and in particular Tesla’s shifting strategies in respect of patent law, policy and practice. The chapter explores the reasons behind Tesla’s business strategy, going from a strict approach to the protection of intellectual property, to an open source philosophy in 2014. Musk then declared that Tesla would not initiate patent lawsuits against “anyone who, in good faith wants to use our technology.” Tesla however maintained well-guarded trade secrets, as well as continued filing patents on innovative technologies, Rimmer found. Image Credits: Springer Edition Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Related Catherine Saez may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org."Indigenous IP And Climate Change Subject Of New Book" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.