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Innovation and Intellectual Property Management (IIPM) Laboratory

Project Overview

The purpose of the research is to assess the role of IP in the development of Climate Change Adaptation Technologies in less developed countries, particularly Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC). This research covers four main areas:

  • Adaptation Technology - readiness, scalability, economic feasibility, and effectiveness
  • Intellectual Property - protection and visibility guaranteed to the invention
  • Less Developed Countries - effect of specific local policies and government support
  • International Organisations - role of e.g. CTCN and WIPO Green in technology transfer and investments

The aim of the project is to understand why inventors from LMIC apply for patents and why they do not. This might contribute to improve the current technology transfer mechanisms and potentially help developing South-to-South markets to attract investments and support the growth of new Climate Change Adaptation Technologies in less developed countries.


The research methodology is based on the collection of primary data through interviews with inventors, who have filed patent applicants from less developed countries. The interviewees are identified through an analysis of IP databases, to select the patents that are appropriate for the study. The Figure below shows an overview of the countries where relevant patents were identified.

We intend to discuss the results with international organisations like CTCN and WIPO Green to understand the impact of specific policies on the IP environment in less developed countries, and how to improve the technology transfer mechanism.



For further details about this project please contact:

Marco Mognato



Latest news

New paper published on responsible IP strategies

17 April 2023

In this paper, we propose a responsible intellectual property (IP) strategy (R-IPS) framework based on five exploratory case studies of sustainable companies in energy, nutrition, consumer electronics, manufacturing and water treatment sectors. These companies responsibly use IP assets to create positive social and...

British Council-funded project ‘Intellectual Property for Sustainability’ completed

14 March 2023

The Innovation and Intellectual Property Management (IIPM) lab together with partners from the IfM Engage (UK), Oxford Brookes University (UK), Indian Institute of Science (India) and Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) (India) recently completed the British Council-funded Going Global India-UK Partnership...