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How Wise is it to TRIP Over Food?

This post was first published on September 8th, 2014.   Every country tries its best to ensure that there is no dearth of food. Ensuring that food is of good quality is also important. As much as I'd love to go on talking about food, I will refrain from talking about food per se and concentrate on the legal obligations related to food. This post will concentrate on the relationship between IP and food which is governed by successful research efforts…

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Threatened Co-existence of Breeders Rights and Patent Rights

This post was last published on September 1st, 2014.   Innovation has always been focused on existing plant varieties which scientists use for improvements and for which breeders' exemption (the right to use protected plant varieties in their research and claim ownership of the results) is granted. But patents don't provide for a breeders' exemption and researchers will have to pay for access to patented materials used in their research if they are allowed access at all. Patent stacking has become common…

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