UNFCCC Secretariat Holds Panel on Climate Change and Intellectual Property

12 June 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a panel on intellectual property rights (IPRs) and technology transfer (TT), at a side event held during the climate change talks, in Bonn, Germany.

Wanna Tanunchaiwatana, UNFCCC Secretariat, presented statistics on technology needs assessments and said negotiations are considering various policy options, including compulsory licensing for patented technologies and exempting least developing countries from patent protection. Antony Taubman, World Trade Organization (WTO), stated that, inter alia: technology practices depend on individual choices by patent holders; and the climate debate on TT involves ethical and human rights dimensions, as well as national self-interest in technology diffusion.