Book Talk: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Cleantech: A Pathway for Developing Countries

Climate change book talk flyer

Joy Xiang, Peking University School of Transnational Law

December 6, 2021
5:00 – 6:30 P.M., PT
In her book, Joy Y. Xiang promotes both global cleantech development and international cleantech transfer for climate action and sustainable development. The author proposes all countries build domestic cleantech innovation wherever possible. The book examines what it takes to build domestic cleantech innovation and outlines a pathway for developing countries to march toward it.  The pathway includes international aid, mutually beneficial international cleantech cooperation and domestic cleantech innovation. Xiang proposes that countries build domestic cleantech innovation by, for example, sending clear policy signals indicating the country’s long-term commitment toward cleantech innovation. Xiang also suggests countries employ diverse innovation tools such as customized cleantech IPR regimes, various subsidies such as prizes, innovation commons and competition law and regulations. The author observes that IP protection for cleantech is necessary for attracting international cleantech transfer. Developing countries may use available mechanisms in competition law and IP laws to address anticompetitive use of cleantech IPR.
Joy Xiang is an Associate Professor at Peking University School of Transnational Law. Her interdisciplinary and evidence-based research focuses on exploring ways to enhance innovation and collaboration. Joy Xiang’s teaching includes U.S. and International IP, Patent Law, and IP Asset Management. Joy Xiang was educated in the U.S. in law, public policies, technology entrepreneurship, and computer science.  Joy Xiang also worked in or for the U.S. technology industries for fifteen years, in roles such as software engineer and program manager for Motorola, IP attorney representing various organizations and inventors, and corporate counsel for Microsoft.
  • Richard Wilder, former WIPO Director on Global IP Issues and Microsoft IP & Policies Lead; General Counsel for CEPI
  • Stephen Minas, Chair of UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee; Associate Professor of Law at Peking University School of Transnational Law


  • Robert Merges, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law at UC Berkeley; Co-Founder, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology