Title page for ETD etd-10222002-164933

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Sims, George G.
Author's Email Address ggsims@starpower.net
URN etd-10222002-164933
Title Do Oil Companies aquire Alternative Energy Patents to Limit Technological Innovation, in order to Maintain Economic Advantage in Fossil Fuels
Degree Master of Arts
Department Economics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Waud, Roger N. Committee Chair
Lutton, Thomas J. Committee Member
Theroux, Richard Committee Member
  • alternative energy patents
  • oil companies
Date of Defense 2002-07-17
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Do Oil Companies acquire Alternative Energy Patents to limit Technological Innovation, in order to maintain Economic Advantage in Fossil Fuels


George G. Sims

Roger N. Waud, Chairman



This paper addresses the charge made by environmental groups that oil companies, since the 1970's, have been acquiring alternative energy patents, to restrict these technologies from reaching the market. The purpose of these restrictions was to protect profits from oil, natural gas and coal. In addressing this charge, I reviewed the literature to ascertain if any conclusive study had been performed to substantiate this charge. To date, none had been performed. While no conclusive study had been performed to support the environmentalist position, an evaluation of economic theory along with an examination of actual U.S. Patent Office data strongly contradicts the environmentalist view.

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