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Michael Waibel, William Alford
1 Technology transfer concerns the efficient and equitable allocation of existing technology in the world. Such a transfer differs from the creation of new technology, even though it may enable further technological developments. The term technology transfer entered international law in the 1960s (UNGA Res 1713 [XVI] ‘The Role of Patents in the Transfer of Technology to Under-developed Countries’ [19 December 1961]), though its precise definition remains contentious. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for instance, defines technology transfer as ‘a...