The "disagreement should not hold up the important decision of creating the technology mechanism," he added.
Key Mechanisms Missing
More pressing this week than IPR is how the program would work.
High-level ministers now have two days to decide on the structure and composition of the two core institutions — the Technology Executive Committee and the Climate Technology Center. These bodies would determine which technologies to deploy and how they will be shared or accessed, among other fundamental issues.
Delegates are also stuck on how tech transfer would link into the future climate fund that will deliver money to poor countries, and who would be in charge.
Rich nations prefer existing multilateral groups like the World Bank. Developing nations want finance and tech transfer handled by the UN climate convention, where they claim to have more of a say.
Absent UN control, cutting-edge clean energy technologies may lose out, warned Tirthankar Mandal, a program coordinator for .
"Countries could actually divert all of the money to nuclear program research, and then claim that it is green because it doesn't release carbon dioxide, instead of focusing more on the renewable sources," Mandal told SolveClimate News. "Anything would be possible."
As the UNFCCC stalls, some of these issues are already being hammered out between countries and firms, experts say.
According to Weischer, the "real issues" are "much more in the nitty gritty."
These include "capacity building" in poor countries to make protected technology more accessible by helping them them negotiate deals with companies in rich states in ways that "wouldn't undermine the IPR regime," he said.
Whether businesses are willing to license their technologies, and if they're willing to do so at reasonable conditions and prices, is at the heart of the battle.
It's a trillion-dollar market, said Mandal. "It's big enough and deep enough that everybody can get a piece of the pie."