Innovation and diffusion of clean/green technology: Can patent commons help?

Hall, Bronwyn and Helmers, Christian (2011). Innovation and diffusion of clean/green technology: Can patent commons help?. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Hall, Bronwyn
    Helmers, Christian
    Title Innovation and diffusion of clean/green technology: Can patent commons help?
    Publication Date 2011
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract This paper explores the characteristics of 238 patents on 94 “inventions” contributed by major multinational innovators to the “Eco-Patent Commons”, which provides royalty-free access to third parties to patented climate change related innovations. By comparing the pledged patents to other patents in the same technologies or held by the same multinationals, we investigate the motives of the contributing firms as well as the potential for such commons to encourage innovation and diffusion of climate change related technologies. This study, therefore, indirectly provides evidence on the role of patents in the development and diffusion of green technologies. More generally, the paper sheds light on the performance of hybrid forms of knowledge management that combine open innovation and patenting.
    UNU Topics of Focus Climate change
    Keyword Patent commons
    Green technology
    Eco-aptents
    Diffusion
    Climate change
    JEL H23
    H42
    K11
    O33
    O34
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2011
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