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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Intellectual Property Rights, Trade and Biodiversity

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Graham DutfieldResearcher, Oxford Centre for the Environment, Ethics and Society, St Peter's College, Oxford

ISBN13: 9781853836923
ISBN: 1853836923
Published: March 2000
Publisher: James & James (Science Publishers) Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: £35.00

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The intellectual property rights (IPRs) associated with plant genetic resources are often critical to trade, yet no unified international framework for a fair IPR regime exists. This book examines the international agreements relevant to IPRs: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the World Trade Organization's TRIPS Agreement; and the Convention of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). It sets out to establish an equitable IPR regime for biodiversity, taking into account ethical concerns over patenting life forms, environmental and social impacts, technology transfer and the relation between traditional knowledge and IPRs.

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Plant genetic resources in the global economy; IPRs in the global economy; biodiversity aspects of the global IPR regime; IPR aspects of the Convention on Biological Diversity; IPRs and biodiversity - conflict or synergy?; TRIPS and the CBD - bridging the gaps; biodiversity and IPR-related institutions, forums and processes; government and regional initiatives; non-governmental initiatives; conclusions and recommendations.