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Experts Discuss The Role Of IP In Environmental Technology Transfer

Publication Date: 
August 29, 2008
Source: 
Intellectual Property Watch
Author: 
Kaitlin Mara

Professor John Barton is mentioned in an Intellectual Property Watch article about technology transfer and the environment:

Citing a December 2007 report by John H. Barton of Stanford Law School, written at the request of ICTSD, Latif noted that the most significant obstacle to technology transfer was trade distortions. Most basic technologies for wind, solar, and biofuel are off-patent, the study found, and enough competition remains between patented improvements on base technologies and between the different forms of alternative energy to keep prices down. This is quite different from medicine, where often only one drug exists for one disease.