Will climate change alter IP policy?


Intangible property is an essential component of the cultures of the Pacific islands region, generating a rich history of customary systems to regulate its production and use. Yet when it comes to intellectual property policy development in the region today, the automatic reaction has been to adopt western-style global norms, regardless of their cultural inappropriateness. This paradigm is being challenged, however, thanks to climate change. The current valuing of traditional knowledge to cope with the effects of climate change may be the catalyst for more indigenous intellectual property policies being adopted.

Dr Miranda Forsyth

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