Knowledge for Development

Agrobiodiversity conservation and plant improvement: adjustments in intellectual property rights reclaiming the public domain towards sustainability and equity


Date: 07/03/2015


Fulya Batur explains that critics of TRIPS have not achieved the regulatory shift they were advocating due to the lack of socio-technological contextualization of applicable laws and judicial interpretation. Intellectual property applies to very different innovation contexts and confronts all those involved in plant improvement, from mass selectors, small-scale private conventional plant breeders, public molecular researchers, specialized start-ups and integrated biotechnology giants. In her PhD dissertation, Batur notes that with the advent of the TRIPS Agreement and the dominant interpretative implementation of its minimum standards, actors who use, conserve and improve agricultural biodiversity are faced with a strong property rights system that had been thoroughly criticised. However, Batur’s research, highlights the lack of progress in changing the regulatory framework and proposes the reasons  

(APBREBES, 04/2014)

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