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Here is a question that popped up in several discussions with inventors and sustainable entrepreneurs I have had :

Are the current intellectual property rights policies that most companies and universities use really helping to speed up the development and adoption of new sustainable technologies, or are they instead hindering fast development and causing conflicts about promising sustainable technologies that are needed urgently by society? And if so, what are effective IP and licensing models that do enable the inventors to appropriate some value, but also allow for faster development and adoption?

GreenXchange might offer some answers to this challenging question.  And an interesting discussion about this topic is happening over at SEED Magazine. I will get back to this topic as soon as I am back from my holiday.

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