Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

Masdar City: Strengthened protection for intellectual property by Justin Blows

The web site for Masdar city describes “the most ambitious sustainable development in the world today – it will be the world’s first zero carbon, zero waste city”.  A very impressive statement, and the money being invested in the project backs up this claim.

According to this article, the government has committed $15B to build  the 100% renewable energy city, which will also be a sustainable technologies  R&D centre with a higher education and research centre affiliated with MIT.

I noticed a commitment to strengthened intellectual property protection in the City, in what is an acknowledgment that strong IP rights are essential for developing clean and sustainable technologies, and attracting strong R&D companies.  I have been told of companies not investing in Clean Development Mechanism projects, for example, because of poor IP enforcement opportunities in countries like China, so Masdar’s strong position on IP is a very good one.

Justin Blows


Masdar city: Not your usual solar farm.

Masdar city: Not your usual solar farm.


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